bio·​in·​for·​mat·​ics ˌbī-ō-in-fər-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce bioinformatics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers especially as applied to molecular genetics and genomics
bioinformatic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One is Matt Wong, a bioinformatics expert who was part of a team at Baylor University. Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2022 Similar complaints have been raised about bioinformatics, language modeling and physics. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 Crafted precisely and accurately, these models could significantly reduce costs and also keep patients healthier, said Nigam Shah, a bioinformatics professor at Stanford. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 Mark Gerstein, a professor of bioinformatics at Yale University, found in the research implications for data privacy. New York Times, 4 June 2022 South Africa, which is ahead of the US in its BA.4/BA.5 cycle, has seen infections rise but has not seen a corresponding increase in deaths, said Shishi Luo, associate director of bioinformatics and infectious disease at Helix. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 1 June 2022 Maria Nattestad is a software engineer at Google and, on the side, the author of a popular app that makes eye-catching visualizations from bioinformatics data. Clive Thompson, Wired, 15 Mar. 2022 Warren Kibbe is a biomedical informaticist, chief data officer for the Duke Cancer Institute, and professor and vice chair for the department of biostatistics and bioinformatics at Duke University School of Medicine. Warren Kibbe, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 Most of my research was in bioinformatics — the analysis and interpretation of genetic data — and for seven years, culturing bacteria, purifying nucleic acids and writing code to analyze sequencing data were my bread and butter. Irena Hwang, ProPublica, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bioinformatics was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Bioinformatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition


noun, plural in form but singular in construction

bio·​in·​for·​mat·​ics ˌbī-ō-ˌin-fər-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce bioinformatics (audio)
: 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
bioinformatic adjective
bioinformatic analysis
bioinformatician 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
bioinformaticist 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
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