bi·​o·​log·​ic ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce biologic (audio)
variants or biological
: a biological product (such as a vaccine or blood serum) used in medicine

Examples of biologic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of Humira — a biologic used to treat arthritis and other autoimmune conditions — the medication began facing competition from biosimilar alternatives last year. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 8 May 2024 The primary treatments for RA include antirheumatic drugs, biologics, and corticosteroids.9 Anti-Rheumatic Drugs Treating RA as a whole can be beneficial for treating the skin rashes that appear. Sarah Bradley, Health, 21 Apr. 2024 More reads Lonza buys Roche site for $1.2 billion to bolster biologics, Bloomberg Medicare expected to negotiate obesity drug prices soon, new analysis predicts, STAT Pssst. Damian Garde, STAT, 21 Mar. 2024 Biden’s plan for biosimilars Tucked somewhere in President Biden’s $130.7 billion budget proposal for 2025 is a provision that would let pharmacists fill prescriptions for brand-name biologics with biosimilars without consulting physicians, a change the administration says would lower drug costs. Damian Garde, STAT, 13 Mar. 2024 Both biologics and small molecules are equally valuable. Paul Hudson, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Price controls can apply to the former group nine years after approval; biologics get a 13-year reprieve. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The convoluted system through which most Americans get their drugs often creates incentives for formularies to choose brand-name biologics over biologics, even if the latter has a lower sticker price. Damian Garde, STAT, 13 Mar. 2024 The result could be greater investment in biologics and less investment in small-molecule medicines. Paul Hudson, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biologic was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Biologic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


bi·​o·​log·​ic ˌbī-ə-ˈläj-ik How to pronounce biologic (audio)
variants or biological
: a biological product (as a globulin, serum, vaccine, antitoxin, or antigen) used in the prevention or treatment of disease

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