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photorespiration

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

  • n. Oxidation of carbohydrates in plants with the release of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the light-dependent release of carbon dioxide and uptake of oxygen in photosynthetic organisms; an unavoidable side reaction of photosynthesis

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