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Photosynthesis Terms

photosynthesis The process by which plants and some other organisms capture the energy in sunlight and use it to make food.
pigment A colored chemical compound that absorbs light.
chlorophyll A green pigment found in the chloroplasts of plants, algae, and some bacteria.
stomata Small openings on the underside of a leaf through which oxygen and carbon dioxide can move.
autotroph An organism that makes its own food.
glucose A simple sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms.
heterotroph An organism that cannot make its own food.
respiration The process by which cells break down simple food molecules to release the energy they contain.
fermentation The process by which cells break down molecules to release energy without using oxygen.
Created by: purpletwilight