biocontainment

noun

bio·​con·​tain·​ment ˌbī-ō-kən-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce biocontainment (audio)
: 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 The samples will then be automatically sealed into a biocontainment system and transferred to an Earth entry capsule, which is part of the Earth Return Orbiter. Chris Impey, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2024 With more new laboratories globally studying emerging viruses, experts around the world need to work together to make sure labs are built correctly, scientists are trained appropriately and work is done at appropriate levels of biocontainment, Dr. Le Duc said. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 Then on June 5 of that year, CDC researchers working in high-level biocontainment to refine techniques for detecting anthrax accidentally sent active samples of the bacterium to another CDC lab in Atlanta that was equipped to handle only nonlethal material. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biocontainment was in 1966

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“Biocontainment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biocontainment. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

biocontainment

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