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photosynthesis click to hear : photosynthesis

Phenomenon by which the plant, helped by solar energy, obtains its food (glucose) from the air and the soil and releases oxygen into the atmosphere.
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solar energy stem absorption of water and mineral salts carbon dioxide absorption glucose release of oxygen leaf

solar energy click to hear : solar energy

Energy derived from sunlight and absorbed through the chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plant leaves.

stem click to hear : stem

Main part of the plant, extending from the soil to the terminal bud.

absorption of water and mineral salts click to hear : absorption of water and mineral salts

Water and mineral salts are absorbed through the roots and carried up to the leaves by the stem and its offshoots.

carbon dioxide absorption click to hear : carbon dioxide absorption

The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere required for photosynthesis is absorbed by the leaf.

glucose click to hear : glucose

Organic food produced through photosynthesis and used by the plant to ensure growth; it is transported throughout the plant by the sap.

release of oxygen click to hear : release of oxygen

The process of photosynthesis releases oxygen, a gas essential to life.

leaf click to hear : leaf

Part of the plant where photosynthesis takes place; it also helps oxygenate the ambient air and reduce carbon dioxide.