The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and a source of hydrogen (usually water), using light as an energy source. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct.
pho′to·syn·thetic (-sĭn-thĕtĭk) adj.
(click for a larger image)photosynthesis
A. sunlight is absorbed by chlorophyll in a leaf
B. carbon dioxide is taken in from the air
C. water is transported from the roots
D. glucose is synthesized and distributed throughout the plant
E. oxygen is released
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