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[bahy-oh-kuh n-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊ kənˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
the conversion of biomass to usable energy, as by burning solid fuel for heat, by fermenting plant matter to produce liquid fuel, as ethanol, or by the bacterial decomposition of organic waste to produce methane.
Origin of bioconversion
1955-60; bio- + conversion Unabridged
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  • The bioconversion of agricultural wastes to useful products is also possible.
  • bioconversion of unsaturated fatty acids to value-added functional products.
British Dictionary definitions for bioconversion


the use of biological processes or materials to change organic substances into a new form, such as the conversion of waste into methane by fermentation
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bioconversion in Science
The conversion of organic materials, such as plant or animal waste, into usable products or energy sources by biological processes or agents, such as certain microorganisms.
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