bio·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce biochemical (audio) \

Definition of biochemical

1 : of or relating to biochemistry
2 : characterized by, produced by, or involving chemical reactions in living organisms a biochemical defect in the brain

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Other Words from biochemical

biochemical noun
biochemically \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈke-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biochemical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biochemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biologic focuses on balancing the bacteria in the body while the biochemical considers hormonal imbalances. Anna Haines, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The hope is that by exploring and understanding the genes and biochemical pathways that impart long life, researchers may ultimately uncover tricks that can extend our own lifespans, too. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 These are the observable characteristics of an organism or illness, in this case, at the biochemical variations in brain diseases. John Cumbers, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The quest for a biochemical payoff is not a foreign concept in Vigneault’s career, either. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 9 May 2021 Forensic scientists currently use destructive biochemical tests for differentiating human and animal blood—and these tests sometimes return incorrect results. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 The study measured the activity of two biochemical pathways, both ubiquitous in animals, that detect nutrients and regulate cell development. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 Alvarez holds a degree in biochemical engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Mar. 2021 One cell might release a chemical that sticks to surface proteins on another cell, triggering a biochemical process within the recipient. Quanta Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of biochemical

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biochemical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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bio·​chem·​i·​cal | \ -ˈkem-i-kəl How to pronounce biochemical (audio) \

Medical Definition of biochemical

1 : of or relating to biochemistry
2 : characterized by, produced by, or involving chemical reactions in living organisms biochemical abnormalities biochemical processes

Other Words from biochemical

biochemical noun
biochemically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biochemical (audio) \ adverb

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