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

Definition of biochip

1 : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future," 20 June 2019 His accomplishments include developing biochips to detect cancer in the blood. Lynne Terry,, "OHSU snags tech expert for early detection cancer research," 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, "Biopoly Money," 1 June 2000

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First Known Use of biochip

1982, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biochip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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