bioinformatics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bio·​in·​for·​mat·​ics | \ ˌbī-ō-in-fər-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce bioinformatics (audio) \

Definition of bioinformatics

: the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers especially as applied to molecular genetics and genomics

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Other Words from bioinformatics

bioinformatic \ ˌbī-​ō-​in-​fər-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce bioinformatic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bioinformatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samantha Mora of Coventry is a member of the class of 2022, majoring in bioinformatics and computational biology. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 7 Aug. 2020 Andres Colubri is a computational scientist in the Sabeti lab and an incoming assistant professor of bioinformatics and integrative biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pardis Sabeti, STAT, "Contact tracing technology must protect people from discrimination as well as disease," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of bioinformatics

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioinformatics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioinformatics. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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bioinformatics

noun plural but singular in construction
bio·​in·​for·​mat·​ics | \ ˌbī-ō-ˌin-fər-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce bioinformatics (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioinformatics

: the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers especially as applied in molecular genetics and genomics One of the most basic operations in bioinformatics involves searching for similarities, or homologies, between a newly sequenced piece of DNA segments from various organisms.— Ken Howard, Scientific American, July 2000

Other Words from bioinformatics

bioinformatic \ -​tik How to pronounce bioinformatic (audio) \ adjective
bioinformatic analysis
bioinformatician \ -​ˌin-​fər-​mə-​ˈti-​shən How to pronounce bioinformatician (audio) \ noun
… hands off mounds of data to a bioinformatician who can correlate genetic differences with health problems, with the help of high-powered computing. — Stephen T. Watson and Fred O. Williams, The Buffalo (New York) News, 19 June 2005
bioinformaticist \ -​ˌin-​fər-​ˈma-​tə-​sist How to pronounce bioinformaticist (audio) \ noun
Others will be bioinformaticists, combining skills in biology and information technology to help gather and analyze data related to genetic mapping. — Jeffry Steele, The Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2007

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