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

Examples of bioinformatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the weeks after the attack, Evotec’s bioinformatics experts and software developers stepped in, using their skills for cyber response, Lanthaler said. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, 3 July 2023 At Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology, outspoken artificial intelligence and bioinformatics professor Ali Sharifi Zarchi, who backed his students taking part in the protests and later faced interrogation by Iranian security forces, was among those laid off. Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Sep. 2023 During early pandemic, our emergency department partnered with our bioinformatics core. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 5 May 2023 Few fields of endeavor have advanced as swiftly as bioinformatics over the past couple of decades. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Aug. 2022 In the four years since USJ went coed, several new majors have been introduced: health science, computer data science, bioinformatics (the practice of using data to understand aspects of biology), sports management, exercise science and digital media. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 This has also manifested in research, with many facilities funded by the West and having to ascribe to their priorities, Gerald Mboowa, a bioinformatics researcher at the Makerere University in Uganda and infectious disease specialist, recently told Quartz. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2021 The money will expand the number of students admitted to its dual medical/research degree program as well as boost research in biomedical engineering, computational biology, bioinformatics and data science. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2022 With a background in microbial ecology, evolution, genomics and bioinformatics, Chain has spent the past 20 years using genomics to study various microbial systems. Patrick Chain, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2017

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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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“Bioinformatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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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