bio·​com·​put·​er | \ ¦bī-(ˌ)o-kəm-¦pyü-tər How to pronounce biocomputer (audio) \
plural biocomputers

Definition of biocomputer

: a computer that uses components of biological origin (such as molecules of DNA) instead of electrical components The device is rudimentary—it can only perform basic high-school-level math problems. But this tiny “biocomputer” no bigger than a dime is powered by DNA, not silicon, and it represents one of the first significant steps toward a holy grail of science.— Alex Salkever, Christian Science Monitor, 13 Jan. 2000

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Biocomputer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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