bio·​en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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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 Loyola is flying its questionable lungs to a bioengineering company in Maryland for testing. Lisa Schencker,, "Chicago-area hospitals aim to boost transplants with 'lung in a box'," 18 May 2018 More work is being done to refine the device to improve patient care, said Todd Coleman, a UCSD bioengineering professor. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Scientists invent stomach-monitoring device worn like a fanny pack," 2 Apr. 2018 Peraza, the battery whiz, is a double-major in English and bioengineering who plans to go to medical school. Tom Avril,, "Penn's electric race car team seeks third title in four years," 21 Mar. 2018 John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist, an author and an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. John Medina And, WSJ, "How Neuroscience Is Optimizing the Office," 1 May 2018 But bioengineering and its potential unintended consequences are arguably as scary as any of these things. Sean Illing, Vox, "Chasing Captain America: why superhumans may not be that far away," 27 Apr. 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 \

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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