bio·​en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˌen-jə-ˈnir How to pronounce bioengineer (audio) \
bioengineered; bioengineering; bioengineers

Definition of bioengineer

transitive verb

: to modify or produce by bioengineering bioengineered insulin

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Other Words from bioengineer

bioengineer noun

Examples of bioengineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, one team of researchers, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology bioengineer James Collins, announced that a deep-learning algorithm identified a new antibiotic with an unconventional mechanism of action. Peter Andrey Smith, STAT, 10 Sep. 2021 Researchers at the Salk Institute, for example, hope to bioengineer plants whose roots will churn out huge amounts of a carbon-rich, cork-like substance called suberin. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 Last week, the first such case to go to trial—against former University of Tennessee, Knoxville, bioengineer Anming Hu—was dismissed after the jury failed to reach a verdict. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 21 June 2021 The former trading company employee decided there had to be a better way, especially for another view on treatment, and approached Japanese investment fund ANRI, who introduced him to bioengineer Takao Yasui. Yue Wang, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 By examining the protein at this atomic level, McLellan found a way to bioengineer it to take away its shape-shifting power. Daniel Wrapp, Science, 31 Dec. 2020 In a June preprint on bioRxiv, neuroscientist and bioengineer Viviana Gradinaru and her team at the California Institute of Technology describe such an engineered virus that selectively infects the neurons of a marmoset. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 28 Oct. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic slump also is delaying the hiring of faculty of schools like UCSD, which just lost one of its star professors, Black bioengineer Todd Coleman, to Stanford. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuffed the Iranian regime’s suggestion that the coronavirus was bioengineered by the United States to target Iran and other geopolitical foes. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bioengineer

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioengineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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bio·​en·​gi·​neer | \ -ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce bioengineer (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioengineer

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: a person specializing in bioengineering


transitive verb

Medical Definition of bioengineer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to modify or produce by bioengineering bioengineered insulin


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