from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Synthesis of carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water using energy obtained from the chemical oxidation of simple inorganic compounds. This form of synthesis is limited to certain bacteria and fungi.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the production of carbohydrates and other compounds from simple compounds such as carbon dioxide, using the oxidation of chemical nutrients as a source of energy rather than sunlight; it is limited to certain bacteria and fungi
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Synthesis of organic compounds by energy derived from chemical changes or reactions. Chemosynthesis of carbohydrates occurs in the nitrite bacteria through the oxidation of ammonia to nitrous acid, and in the nitrate bacteria through the conversion of nitrous into nitric acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The formation of carbohydrates out of inorganic compounds by an organism in darkness or in the absence of sunlight: contrasted with *photosynthesis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. synthesis of carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water; limited to certain bacteria and fungi
chemo- + synthesis (Wiktionary)