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photosynthesis definition

Use by green plants of the energy in sunlight to carry out chemical reactions, such as the conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen. Photosynthesis also produces the sugars that feed the plant.

Note: Green plants depend on chlorophyll to carry out photosynthesis.
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