bio·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌbī-ō-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of biocompatibility 

: compatibility with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic, injurious, or physiologically reactive and not causing immunological rejection

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biocompatible \ˌbī-​ō-​kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

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The company is tinkering with the gel’s formulation, assessing its efficacy and biocompatibility, designing an injection device, and refining the injection and reversal procedures. Emily Anthes,, "Why We Can’t Have the Male Pill," 3 Aug. 2017 PurSil – aka silicone-polyetherurethane, part of a new class of copolymers – combines the biocompatibility of silicone with the processability and strength of thermal plastic. David Pescovitz, WIRED, "Stuff Love," 1 Jan. 2001

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First Known Use of biocompatibility

1968, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \-kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \
plural biocompatibilities

Medical Definition of biocompatibility 

: the condition of being compatible with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic or injurious and not causing immunological rejection

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biocompatible \-​kəm-​ˈpat-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

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