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

Examples of biochemistry in a Sentence

advances in the field of biochemistry
Recent Examples on the Web But zoom in enough, and the biochemistry that makes up life is really just physics. Sigal Samuel, Vox, 4 June 2024 Ocean warming also contributes to coral bleaching, major ice sheets melting at faster rates, more severe hurricanes, changes in ocean health and biochemistry, and other extreme weather such as scorching heat waves and intense rainfall. Caralin Nunes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2024 Even the chemistry of fire is a biochemistry: fire takes apart what photosynthesis puts together. Stephen Pyne, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 Software and biochemistry and biology are intersecting, and different sciences are going to provide some very interesting and disruptive things. Foreign Affairs, 15 Dec. 2014 See all Example Sentences for biochemistry 

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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 23 Jun. 2024.

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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