biochemistry

noun

bio·​chem·​is·​try ˌbī-ō-ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce biochemistry (audio)
1
: chemistry that deals with the chemical compounds and processes occurring in organisms
2
: the chemical characteristics and reactions of a particular living organism or biological substance
biochemist noun

Example Sentences

advances in the field of biochemistry
Recent Examples on the Web Perseverance has already found that some contain carbonates and sulfates—a sign that hot water once percolated through the rocks, driving reactions favorable for early biochemistry. Byeric Hand, science.org, 20 Sep. 2022 This line of thought was energized by a 2006 study in Nature by Joseph Nagyvary, professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M University. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2022 Man-Thing was once a human professor of biochemistry named Dr. Ted Sallis, who was trying to re-create the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 7 Oct. 2022 Only three other professors in any department at the La Jolla campus have previously received that honor — chemistry professor Susan Taylor, astrophysics professor Brian Keating and biochemistry professor Edward Dennis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 So, the Cliff Notes version of all this fall color biochemistry is that yellows and oranges are there all summer and come to the forefront as the green pigments fade away. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 Oct. 2022 All of this biochemistry is in service of a simple point, which is that there’s a big grey area between the extremes of being fully fueled and bonking. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 6 Oct. 2022 Sun is on a trajectory to pursue a Ph.D. in cellular biology or biochemistry. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Also a 2020 magna cum laude graduate from Northwestern, Ms. Pura has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biochemistry was in 1848

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“Biochemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biochemistry. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

biochemistry

noun

bio·​chem·​is·​try ˌbī-ō-ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce biochemistry (audio)
: chemistry that deals with the chemical compounds and processes occurring in living things
biochemical
-ˈkem-i-kəl
adjective
biochemically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb
biochemist noun

Medical Definition

biochemistry

noun

bio·​chem·​is·​try -ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce biochemistry (audio)
plural biochemistries
1
: chemistry that deals with the chemical compounds and processes occurring in organisms
2
: the chemical characteristics and reactions of a particular living organism or biological substance
a change in the patient's biochemistry accompanied her psychological depression

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