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Definition

Photosynthesis: the process in which green plants use energy from the sun to transform water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and organic compounds.

Photosynthesis means: putting together the light: photo (light) + synthesis (put together)

Hawaiian Translation: Kā‘ama‘ai


Example
taro

A taro plant soaks up water through its roots.  Carbon dioxide is absorbed into openings in the leaves called stomata.  Water and carbon dioxide enter into the plant cells. 
Inside plant cells are tiny structures called chloroplasts.  Inside the chloroplasts is a green pigment called chlorophyll, which changes sunlight into chemical energy.  This chemical energy splits up the water and carbon dioxide molecules and makes glucose.  Glucose (what the plants “eat”) and oxygen are produced by photosynthesis.

photosynthesis

Source: http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Photosynthesis

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