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photorespiration Syllabification: pho·to·res·pi·ra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfōdōrespəˈrāSH(ə)n/

Definition of photorespiration in English:


A respiratory process in many higher plants by which they take up oxygen in the light and give out some carbon dioxide, contrary to the general pattern of photosynthesis.
Example sentences
  • Oxygen can also be reduced in the processes of photorespiration.
  • It was suggested above that one proton was released in the chloroplast stroma for every three oxygen molecules fixed during photorespiration.
  • It is therefore likely that photorespiration of herbaceous leaves is driven by a large carbon pool.
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