bio·​chip ˈbī-ō-ˌchip How to pronounce biochip (audio)
: a hypothetical computer logic circuit or storage device in which the physical or chemical properties of large biological molecules (such as proteins) are used to process information

Examples of biochip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The protagonist is a mercenary named V, who has been hired to steal a biochip. Christopher Byrd, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 Cyberpunk 2077, made by Polish video game company CD Projekt Red, features V — a character players can customize — who has a malware-infected biochip in their head. Shannon Liao, CNN, 10 Dec. 2020 Looking past the near term and into the murky future, our ultimate agile defense layer could be built around tiny biochips, which print nucleic acids and then deliver them into our bodies. Andrew Hessel, Ars Technica, 20 June 2019 His accomplishments include developing biochips to detect cancer in the blood. Lynne Terry,, 23 June 2017 Many say the biochip segment is taking the path of microprocessors, with a tumultuous legal beginning followed by licensing and niche marketing. Brian Alexander, WIRED, 1 June 2000

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of biochip was in 1982

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“Biochip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


bio·​chip ˈbī-ō-ˌchip How to pronounce biochip (audio)
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