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Life Processes

TermDefinition
Ingestion To take food into the body ex: eating a hamburger
Nutrition The process by which organisms take in and utilize food material
Transport The absorption and movement of materials throughout an organism ex: food moving from the stomach to the intestines
Synthesis The combining of simple substances to form more complex substances ex: combining water, light, and energy to make sugars in plants
Regulation The response of an organism to a changing environment in order to maintain homeostasis ex: the human body releases sweat in the heat in order to cool the body to maintain a regular body temp.
Digestion The breaking down of food particles
Respiration A series of chemical reactions that release stored energy in nutrients ex: plants breaking down glucose to release energy
Metabolism The sum of all the life processes required to sustain life
Excretion The removal of metabolic waste ex: urinating
Egestion The removal of undigested foods
Reproduction The ability of an organism to produce more of its own kind/offspring
Growth The increase in size of an organism
Homeostasis The ability of an organism to maintain a constant stable internal environment
Created by: mrsflower