biochemistry

noun
bio·​chem·​is·​try | \ˌbī-ō-ˈke-mə-strē \

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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Other Words from biochemistry

biochemist \ˌbī-​ō-​ˈke-​mist \ noun

Examples of biochemistry in a Sentence

advances in the field of biochemistry

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Paul Murphy, Alzheimer’s researcher in the department of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the University of Kentucky Neurodegenerative diseases take decades to develop, and widespread use of electronic devices like smartphones, etc. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 Williams began stopping by the office of Carleitta Paige-Anderson, an associate professor of biochemistry. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "From West Baltimore to MIT: 'I think I am just transitioning out of survival mode'," 5 June 2018 Williams began stopping by the office of Carleitta Paige-Anderson, an associate professor of biochemistry. Washington Post, "Baltimore to MIT: Grad ‘transitions out of survival mode’," 8 June 2018 Harris will attend Rice University and major in biochemistry and neuroscience (Pre-Med). Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Top Katy seniors graduate over weekend," 29 May 2018 Little is known about the biochemistry of how smoke contaminates wine. Doug Main, Scientific American, "Smoke Taint: Wildfires Pose a Growing Threat to Winegrowers," 1 Dec. 2017 She was born at the old Radcliffe Infirmary, went to a local state school, and studied biochemistry at the university. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016 Winner, Special Reportage Prize: Tahia Farhin Haque Tahia Farhin Haque is based in Bangladesh and was a biochemistry major until receiving a full scholarship to a photography school in Dhaka. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Meet the Finalists for the New Vanguard Photography Prize," 2 July 2018 In time, patients who seem predisposed to less successful surgical outcomes may be given a drug that makes relief likelier by adjusting their brain-stem biochemistry. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016

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First Known Use of biochemistry

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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biochemistry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biochemistry

: the chemistry of living things

biochemistry

noun
bio·​chem·​is·​try | \-ˈkem-ə-strē \
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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