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nitrogen fixation

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into compounds, such as ammonia, by natural agencies or various industrial processes.
  • n. The conversion by certain soil microorganisms, such as rhizobia, of atmospheric nitrogen into compounds that plants and other organisms can assimilate.

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  • n. ,(biochemistry) the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia and organic derivatives, by natural means, especially such conversion, by microorganisms in the soil, into a form that can be assimilated by plants

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the assimilation of atmospheric nitrogen by soil bacteria and its release for plant use on the death of the bacteria

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