bio·​en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ How to pronounce bioengineering (audio) \

Definition of bioengineering

1 : the application of engineering principles, practices, and technologies to the fields of medicine and biology especially in solving problems and improving care (as in the design of medical devices and diagnostic equipment or the creation of biomaterials and pharmaceuticals) : biomedical engineering
2 : the application of biological techniques (such as genetic recombination) to create modified versions of organisms (such as crops) especially : genetic engineering

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The rising importance of technology in farming, particularly bioengineering, opens up all kinds of terrific opportunities. WSJ, "Sonny Perdue Talks Trade and the Farm Outlook," 2 Oct. 2018 The provost at the California Institute of Technology, where Dr. Arnold is a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry, sent a congratulatory note to the Caltech community. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 But the big difference now is that there are far more people around the world with expertise in all these technologies, especially in AI and bioengineering. Sean Illing, Vox, "Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century," 18 Oct. 2018 The limits of our knowledge of biology constrain the potential of any bioengineering effort. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Every tissue in the body — including the placenta and fetus during pregnancy — contributes cell-free RNA to the bloodstream, said Stephen Quake, the paper’s senior author and a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Stanford. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Blood test might help predict both preterm and healthy delivery dates," 7 June 2018 Pierre Dupont, an expert in bioengineering, including robotic devices, at Boston Children’s Hospital, says the robot is an interesting piece of technology that could be especially useful in settings where there aren’t enough skilled phlebotomists. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 Sharma graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017 with two bachelor of science degrees: one in bioengineering and another in electrical engineering computer science. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000, spends $1 billion on offices," 14 June 2018 In many ways, bioengineering is moving faster than computing. Joi Ito, WIRED, "The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism," 4 June 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Medical Definition of bioengineering

1 : biological or medical application of engineering principles (as the theory of control systems in models of the nervous system) or engineering equipment (as in the construction of artificial organs)

called also biomedical engineering

2 : the application of biological techniques (as genetic recombination) to create modified versions of organisms (as crops) especially : genetic engineering

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