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Answer for the clue "Production of a chemical compound by a living organism ", 12 letters:
biosynthesis

Word definitions for biosynthesis in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
biosynthesis \biosynthesis\ n. production of a chemical compound by a living organism. Syn: biogenesis. the production of chemical substances by use of reagents or enzymes derived from living organisms, in reactions modeled on those observed in living organisms. ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. (context biochemistry English) The synthesis of organic compounds within a living organism, especially the synthesis of large compounds from small ones.

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Biosynthesis (also called biogenesis or anabolism ) is a multi-step, enzyme - catalyzed process where substrates are converted into more complex products in living organisms. In biosynthesis, simple compounds are modified, converted into other compounds, ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. production of a chemical compound by a living organism [syn: biogenesis ]

Usage examples of biosynthesis.

You know, or should, that biosynthesis is no longer a classical science, any more than bridge building is.

These were those who objected on religious grounds to biosynthesis in general and any future synthesis of androids in particular.

The energy is used to perform the mechanical work necessary to life, such as the transport and biosynthesis of molecules--mostly carbon molecules.