bio·​chem·​is·​try | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce biochemistry (audio) \

Definition of biochemistry

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

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biochemist \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈke-​mist How to pronounce biochemist (audio) \ noun

Examples of biochemistry in a Sentence

advances in the field of biochemistry
Recent Examples on the Web Dmitri Ivanov, associate professor of biochemistry and structural biology, will get nearly $1.2 million to continue identifying and optimizing small molecules for drug development for children and adolescent cancer patients. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio’s Mays Cancer Center gets $10.3 million in state funding," 28 Aug. 2020 Fabien envisions the station to cater to a wide variety of studies, from biochemistry to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Wants to Build the International Space Station of the Sea," 24 Aug. 2020 The National Science Foundation has awarded two California State University San Marcos professors a grant of almost $1 million to support high-achieving, low-income chemistry and biochemistry students. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CSUSM professors win grant to support STEM students," 23 Aug. 2020 She was born in Trinidad and travelled to the UK in 1965 to study for a biochemistry PhD at UCL. Aida Amako,, "Black Women Weren’t Just Part Of Britain’s Black Panther Movement, They Led It," 23 Aug. 2020 Yet many astronomers say the complex biochemistry that created intelligent beings on Earth surely occurred more than once in 13.7 billion years, given the tens of billions of opportunities to do so in just one galaxy out of trillions. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Are we alone in the universe? Probably not.," 1 Oct. 2019 Burr holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego company says its supplement helps keep you from developing diabetes. Scientists are skeptical," 19 Aug. 2020 Once inside the cell, the virus has to evade the cell’s immune defenses and then commandeer the appropriate parts of the host’s biochemistry to churn out new viruses. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Viruses Evolve," 17 July 2020 The overall design is a really interesting combination of mechanical engineering and biochemistry. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Has Been Working On an RNA Bioreactor," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of biochemistry

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biochemistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of biochemistry

: the chemistry of living things


bio·​chem·​is·​try | \ -ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce biochemistry (audio) \
plural biochemistries

Medical Definition of biochemistry

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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