biochip


bio·chip

noun \ˈbī-ō-ˌchip\

Definition of BIOCHIP

1
:  a hypothetical computer logic circuit or storage device in which the physical or chemical properties of large biological molecules (as proteins) are used to process information
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First Known Use of BIOCHIP

1980

bio·chip

noun \ˈbī-ō-ˌchip\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIOCHIP

biochip

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small-scale device, analogous to an integrated circuit, constructed of or used to analyze organic molecules associated with living organisms. One type of theoretical biochip is a small device constructed of large organic molecules, such as proteins, and capable of performing the functions (data storage, processing) of an electronic computer. The other type of biochip is a small device capable of performing rapid, small-scale biochemical reactions for the purpose of identifying gene sequences, environmental pollutants, airborne toxins, or other biochemical constituents.

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