biophysics


bio·phys·ics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-ziks\

Definition of BIOPHYSICS

:  a branch of science concerned with the application of physical principles and methods to biological problems
bio·phys·i·cal \-zi-kəl\ adjective
bio·phys·i·cist \-ˈfi-zə-sist, -ˈfiz-sist\ noun

First Known Use of BIOPHYSICS

1892

bio·phys·ics

noun \-ˈfiz-iks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIOPHYSICS

: a branch of science concerned with the application of physical principles and methods to biological problems
bio·phys·i·cal \-i-kəl\ adjective

biophysics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Discipline concerned with applications of the principles and methods of the physical sciences to biological problems. Biophysics deals with biological functions that depend on physical agents such as electricity or mechanical force, with the interaction of living organisms with physical agents such as light, sound, or ionizing radiation, and with interactions between living things and their environment as in locomotion, navigation, and communication. Its subjects include bone, nerve impulses, muscle, and vision as well as organic molecules, using such tools as paper chromatography and X-ray crystallography.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: biophysiologist
Previous Word in the Dictionary: biophotogenesis
All Words Near: biophysics

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up biophysics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More