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carbon cyclenoun [U]

 us   /ˈkɑr·bən ˌsɑɪ·kəl/
biology the way that carbon is ​exchanged between different ​livingorganisms on Earth and between ​livingorganisms and the ​environment, for ​example, when ​plants take carbon ​dioxide from the ​air, and when ​animalseatplants
(Definition of carbon cycle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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carbon cyclenoun [S]

uk   us  
ENVIRONMENT the continuous ​movement of ​carbon between different ​living things on Earth and between ​living things and the ​environment, through ​naturalphysicalprocesses and also through the ​burning of fossilfuels: Computer ​models used to ​track Earth's ​naturalcarboncycle have ​projected a ​slowdown in ​CO2 uptake by oceans and ​plants.
(Definition of carbon cycle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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