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 bioinformatics (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bioinformatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill had a long history of significant life science investments, including a $25 million gift to the university in 2015 to establish a bioinformatics department named for her. Ann Gehan, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 One company disrupting the market is ChromaCode, a molecular diagnostics company focusing on bioinformatics. Bruce Rogers, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Segun Fatumo, an assistant professor of genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute, said that African governments urgently need to provide funding for relevant research and infrastructure. Quanta Magazine, 28 June 2021 Four of the certificate programs are at the graduate level: applied bioinformatics; data science; senior living and services leadership; and sustainability and well-being. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2021 That includes building up a bioinformatics workforce in public health labs—people who can sort, clean, and interpret the reams of genomic data produced by surveillance sequencing. Megan Molteni, Wired, 19 Feb. 2021 The local pairing of Petco and PetDx brings to market the latest in bioinformatics for pets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 David Robertson, the head of viral genomics and bioinformatics at the University of Glasgow, was not among the letter’s signatories. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 During that time, BioViva pivoted to bioinformatics. Megan Molteni, STAT, 3 May 2021

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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 20 Sep. 2021.

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bioinformatics

noun, plural in form 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 bioinformatics (audio) \ adjective
bioinformatic analysis
bioinformatician \ -​ˌin-​fər-​mə-​ˈti-​shən How to pronounce bioinformatics (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 bioinformatics (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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