bio·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty ˌbī-ō-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce biocompatibility (audio)
: compatibility with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic, injurious, or physiologically reactive and not causing immunological rejection
biocompatible adjective

Examples of biocompatibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The starting material, used coffee grounds, is easily accessible, cheap, and environmentally friendly; the product shows high antioxidant properties and has good biocompatibility. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 19 July 2016 Fabiano: …such as rigidity, poor biocompatibility, complex circuit structures, and operation mechanisms that are fundamentally different from those of biological systems. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 30 June 2022 Drunk Elephant's Protini Polypeptide Cream is free of alcohols, silicones, fragrances and dyes, and all their ingredients are chosen based on biocompatibility. Anjana Rajbhandary,, 2 Apr. 2021 In the language of the profession, these are solutions to issues of biocompatibility and longevity. Adam Rogers, Wired, 4 Sep. 2020 More intensive biocompatibility studies of the material over time will be needed. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 6 Apr. 2020 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,, 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, 1 Jan. 2001 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biocompatibility was in 1968

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“Biocompatibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


bio·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty -kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce biocompatibility (audio)
plural biocompatibilities
: the condition of being compatible with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic or injurious and not causing immunological rejection
biocompatible adjective

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