bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce biologic (audio) \
variants: or biological \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce biologic (audio) \

Definition of biologic

: a biological product (such as a vaccine or blood serum) used in medicine

Examples of biologic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also called biologic therapy, these are drugs that target your own immune system and teach it to destroy the cancer. Barbara Brody,, 10 Sep. 2021 Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor-necrosis blockers, and other biologic agents that may suppress immune response. Chronic medical conditions such as asplenia and chronic renal disease. Mike Cason |, al, 17 Aug. 2021 They can be taken instead of methotrexate, with methotrexate, or instead of—but not in combination with—a biologic. Juno Demelo, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2021 Finding a biologic that works for you can take time. Jennifer Larson, SELF, 9 Aug. 2021 Reactions at the infusion or injection site are generally the most common biologic side effects. Jennifer Larson, SELF, 9 Aug. 2021 Officials said this will mean shifting resources and manpower to the Pfizer review from plant inspections and perhaps reviewing other biologic applications. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2021 Immune differences and biologic factors may also play a role. The Conversation, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 Gonzalez says biologic medications can also treat other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of biologic

1904, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2021

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“Biologic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈläj-ik How to pronounce biologic (audio) \
variants: or biological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce biologic (audio) \

Medical Definition of biologic

: a biological product (as a globulin, serum, vaccine, antitoxin, or antigen) used in the prevention or treatment of disease

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