bio·​eth·​ics | \ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈe-thiks \

Definition of bioethics 

: a discipline dealing with the ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine

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Other Words from bioethics

bioethical \ ˌbi-​(ˌ)ō-​ˈe-​thi-​kəl \ adjective
bioethicist \ ˌbi-​(ˌ)ō-​ˈe-​thə-​sist \ noun

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The Hastings Center is a bioethics research institute. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Medical experts worry about testing DNA to reunite families," 11 July 2018 The link, however, was not fully explored, but a new essay in a bioethics blog takes us a step closer to understanding how that relationship may benefit the company. Ed Silverman, STAT, "How a patient advocacy group is used to promote an Insys drug and other fentanyl meds," 23 Apr. 2018 An embryo does not equal a human life, from the perspective of Jonathan Crane, a professor of bioethics and Jewish thought at the Center for Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Are frozen embryos human life? Fertility treatments present ethical dilemmas," 11 Apr. 2018 Marouf is a law professor at Texas A&M and director of its Immigrant Rights Clinic, and Esplin is a bioethics professor at the university’s medical school. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "Lesbian couple sues Health Department after foster care application rejected," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bioethics

1970, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​eth·​ics | \-ˈeth-iks \

Medical Definition of bioethics 

: the discipline dealing with the ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine

Other Words from bioethics

bioethic \ -​ˈeth-​ik \ noun
bioethical \ -​ˈeth-​i-​kəl \ adjective

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