photosynthesize

[ foh-tuh-sin-thuh-sahyz ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈsɪn θəˌsaɪz /
Biology, Biochemistry

verb (used without object), pho·to·syn·the·sized, pho·to·syn·the·siz·ing.

to produce carbohydrates by photosynthesis: Plants with light green leaves don't photosynthesize as well as those with darker leaves.

verb (used with object), pho·to·syn·the·sized, pho·to·syn·the·siz·ing.

to produce by photosynthesis: Plants photosynthesize sugars from carbon dioxide and water.

Nearby words

  1. photostable,
  2. photostat,
  3. photostethoscope,
  4. photosynthate,
  5. photosynthesis,
  6. photosystem,
  7. phototaxis,
  8. phototelegraphy,
  9. phototheodolite,
  10. phototherapeutics

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British Dictionary definitions for photosynthesize

photosynthesize

photosynthesise

/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈsɪnθɪˌsaɪz) /

verb

(of plants and some bacteria) to carry out photosynthesis
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Word Origin and History for photosynthesize

photosynthesize

v.

1910, from photosynthesis + -ize. Related: Photosynthesized; photosynthesizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for photosynthesize

photosynthesize

[ fō′tō-sĭnthĭ-sīz′ ]

v.

To synthesize by the process of photosynthesis.

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