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, "A Nebraska Hospital Aimed to Contain the Virus. But It Had Already Spread.," 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, "What it's like on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus," 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, "Commentary: Past pandemics changed the design of cities. Six ways COVID-19 could do the same," 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, "What it's like on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus," 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, "Coronavirus kills British Diamond Princess cruise passenger, reports say," 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, "Scientists were close to a coronavirus vaccine years ago. Then the money dried up.," 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, "A faulty CDC coronavirus test delays monitoring of disease’s spread," 25 Feb. 2020 Thirteen high-risk passengers have since been transferred to a biocontainment facility in Omaha, Nebraska. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Chef Jose Andres provides meals to Diamond Princess passengers in coronavirus quarantine," 19 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biocontainment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of biocontainment

1966, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about biocontainment

Time Traveler for biocontainment

Time Traveler

The first known use of biocontainment was in 1966

See more words from the same year

Statistics for biocontainment

Cite this Entry

“Biocontainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biocontainment. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for biocontainment

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, June 2000

Comments on biocontainment

What made you want to look up biocontainment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!