bioengineering

noun
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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What’s left is the extracellular matrix, said study author Karen Christman, a UC San Diego professor of bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study," 16 Sep. 2019 At Stanford University, bioengineering professor John Dabiri and colleagues are testing vertical axis wind turbine farms inspired by fish schooling patterns. Shweta Narayan, Smithsonian, "How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature," 31 Aug. 2019 But James Patton, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, offered an upbeat assessment of the tail’s commercial potential. NBC News, "This robotic tail gives humans key abilities that evolution took away," 12 Aug. 2019 People are walking now because of cellular transplants and the latest neuroengineering and bioengineering that has been applied to humans with disability. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Nick Buoniconti, 78, Dies; All-Pro Linebacker Championed Medical Research," 31 July 2019 The New York Times recently published a story warning the public about biohackers who are using CRISPR, a bioengineering tool that lets researchers make tiny and specific edits to DNA. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018 Menze, an associate professor and assistant chairman of U of L’s biology department, and Kopechek, an assistant professor of bioengineering, didn't expect their research efforts to intersect. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "U of L researchers develop freeze-dried blood that could save soldiers and astronauts," 12 June 2019 UC Berkeley bioengineering Professor Adam Arkin is working with researchers at Stanford University, UC Davis, Utah State University and the University of Florida on solutions. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Long-term space journeys to allow humans to become almost completely self-sufficient," 8 June 2019 The study is very well done, Irina Conboy, a bioengineering professor at UC Berkeley, said by email. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How old are your organs? Salk, UCSD mouse study finds human clues," 6 June 2019

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bioengineering

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

Medical 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 (as genetic recombination) to create modified versions of organisms (as crops) especially : genetic engineering

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