biocontainment

noun
bio·​con·​tain·​ment | \ ˌbī-ō-kən-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce biocontainment (audio) \

Definition of biocontainment

: the containment of extremely pathogenic organisms (such as viruses) usually by isolation in secure facilities to prevent their accidental release especially during research

Examples of biocontainment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With only 65 beds meant for biocontainment or quarantine, the facilities in Omaha were meant to help stave off a pandemic, not overcome one already underway. Mitch Smith, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Established in 2005, the biocontainment and quarantine facility was one of only three places equipped to treat some of the 11 patients in the United States stricken with Ebola in 2014. Robert Kuznia, CNN, 14 Mar. 2020 The prefabricated pods, connected by inflatable corridors and fitted with biocontainment systems, can be set up by a small number of workers in just a few hours. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2020 In the past week, the number of coronavirus patients in the Omaha quarantine and biocontainment units has jumped from 10 to 17. Robert Kuznia, CNN, 14 Mar. 2020 He was immediately transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was eventually placed in a biocontainment unit. Fox News, 28 Feb. 2020 The laboratory, a high-security biocontainment facility on Texas' Gulf Coast, received a live sample of the new coronavirus last month and will use it to test the vaccine in mice. NBC News, 5 Mar. 2020 For patients who need more intense care in a facility with a biocontainment unit, that facility can receive reimbursement from the federal government for care, the official said. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2020 Thirteen high-risk passengers have since been transferred to a biocontainment facility in Omaha, Nebraska. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of biocontainment

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Biocontainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biocontainment. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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biocontainment

noun
bio·​con·​tain·​ment | \ -kən-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce biocontainment (audio) \

Medical Definition of biocontainment

: the containment of extremely pathogenic organisms (such as viruses) usually by isolation in secure facilities to prevent their accidental release especially during research often used before another noun Before we can leave the biocontainment area, we must remove our borrowed coveralls and shower thoroughly.— Glenn Zorpette, Scientific American

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