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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Expensive refrigerated medications like biologic drugs shipped by large companies were more likely to have temperature monitors than other drugs, task force members said at the board meeting Wednesday. Adiel Kaplan, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2022 For instance, the lipids that are a key component are made in just a few locations and are locked behind a web of IP protections, as are other elements of these complex biologic drugs. Joseph Stiglitz, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2022 Doctors prescribed steroids, a chemotherapy drug and a biologic medication that suppresses the immune system. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 5 Oct. 2022 Other more recent research suggests no link between biologic use and cancer risk. Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 16 Sep. 2022 Studies have shown that biologic medications—a type of treatment given by injection or infusion that targets certain parts of the immune system—are incredibly effective at taming psoriasis symptoms for many people. Adele Jackson-gibson, SELF, 29 Aug. 2022 In Europe, originator biologic manufacturers lost revenues due to actual market competition, almost as soon as biosimilars were approved. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 This will allow for faster shipping times and greater production flexibility in the delivery of next-generation pharmaceutical and biologic treatments that increasingly require time-critical and temperature-sensitive logistics, the company said. Ben Dummett, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Soon after that colonoscopy in 2013, I was prescribed a biologic medication and started that as my treatment. Emilia Benton, SELF, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biologic was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Biologic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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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