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The synthesis of organic compounds by bacteria or other living organisms using energy derived from reactions involving inorganic chemicals, typically in the absence of sunlight.
- ‘In the darkness at these depths, chemosynthesis takes the place of photosynthesis - the trapping of energy in sunlight by plants.’
- ‘It turned out that at the base of the food chain were bacteria that nourished themselves through a process of chemosynthesis.’
- ‘These so-called chemoautotrophs use the stored energy of certain chemicals [usually sulfides such as hydrogen sulfide or iron sulfide (FeS 2)] to drive chemosynthesis.’
- ‘It turned out that the hydrogen sulphide rising from the sea floor vents produced a process called chemosynthesis; the basis of the food chain.’
- ‘Ahh, looks like I might have been thinking of chemosynthesis.’
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