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

transitive verb

: to modify or produce by bioengineering
bioengineered insulin
bioengineer noun

Examples of bioengineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So when building new lungs, Yale bioengineer Laura Niklason prefers not to start from scratch. Adam Piore, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2016 Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash came up with the idea on a research trip in the Thai jungle more than a decade ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 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, National Geographic, 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bioengineer was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Bioengineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
bio·​en·​gi·​neer -ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce bioengineer (audio)
: a person specializing in bioengineering


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to modify or produce by bioengineering
bioengineered insulin
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