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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bioengineer noun

Examples of bioengineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Black students pressure UC San Diego to expand their tiny presence on campus," 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, "Pompeo: Iran's Ali Khamenei cares more about pushing anti-US conspiracy theories than fighting coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 China, meanwhile, has been pushing the story that the coronavirus was bioengineered in a US army lab. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Top Geopolitical Risks in 2020: Coronavirus Update," 21 Mar. 2020 No wonder Internet conspiracies speculate that the virus was either a rogue product of the Chinese military’s bioengineering weapons lab or originated from bats, snakes, or pangolins and the open-air markets where they are sold as food. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "China’s Government Is Like Something out of 1984," 20 Feb. 2020 Speculations have included the possibility that the virus was bioengineered in the lab or that a lab worker was infected while handling a bat and then transmitted the disease to others outside the lab. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Scientists 'strongly condemn' rumors and conspiracy theories about origin of coronavirus outbreak," 19 Feb. 2020 Knowing that these clashes are coming will help smooth the way as the biopharma industry integrates bioengineering deeper and more broadly. Vijay Pande, STAT, "Welcome to the bioengineering culture clash," 10 Jan. 2020 Even before Crispr technology, there were national security concerns that malicious state actors (North Korea, Iran, Russia, China) or terrorists could bioengineer a virus or a bacteria to be more lethal and easier to transmit. WSJ, "Crispr: Both Vishnu and Shiva—Preserver, Destroyer," 25 July 2017 As The New York Times’ Tom Mashberg reports, the State University of New York at Albany has also invested in trying to figure out how to bioengineer unique signatures for art. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Can Giving Paintings Their Own DNA Stop Art Forgery?," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of bioengineer

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioengineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of bioengineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person specializing in bioengineering


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Medical Definition of bioengineer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to modify or produce by bioengineering bioengineered insulin

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