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- noun The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into compounds, such as ammonia, by natural agencies or various industrial processes.
- noun 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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- noun chemistry ,(
biochemistry) the conversionof atmosphericnitrogen into ammoniaand organicderivatives, by naturalmeans, especially such conversion, by microorganismsin the soil, into a form that can be assimilatedby plants
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- noun the assimilation of atmospheric nitrogen by soil bacteria and its release for plant use on the death of the bacteria
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