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

  • n. Physics See carbon-nitrogen cycle.
  • n. Ecology The combined processes, including photosynthesis, decomposition, and respiration, by which carbon as a component of various compounds cycles between its major reservoirs—the atmosphere, oceans, and living organisms.

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  • n. the physical cycle of carbon through the Earth’s biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere that includes such processes as photosynthesis, decomposition, respiration and carbonification.

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  • n. a thermonuclear reaction in the interior of stars
  • n. the organic circulation of carbon from the atmosphere into organisms and back again


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