bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce biologic (audio) \
variants: or biological \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce biological (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 Once a biologic hits the market, rival copycat products that follow are called biosimilars. Angela Hart And Samantha Young,, "California Rx: State may dive into generic drug market," 6 Sep. 2020 After a drug is first developed, contract manufacturers step in to make biologic compounds, which are complex medicines derived from living cells. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Samsung’s Drugmaking Future Includes a $2 Billion ‘Super Plant’ Bigger Than the Louvre," 3 Sep. 2020 And ultimately, the decisions are made by career leadership of the clinical centers, of the biologic center. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," August 30, 2020," 30 Aug. 2020 The report established the individual biomedical model, which focuses exclusively on biologic causes of disease, excluding any social and environmental factors, as the gold standard. Sarah Matathia, Scientific American, "Medical Education Needs Rethinking," 27 Aug. 2020 For vaccines and other biologic medicines, cell lines, genomic information, and other biological material can also be held as trade secrets. David S. Levine, STAT, "Covid-19 should spark a reexamination of trade secrets’ stranglehold on information," 10 July 2020 As part of those negotiations, the administration agreed to drop a provision that offered expensive biologic drugs — made from living cells — 10 years of protection from cheaper knockoff competition. Kevin Freking, The Denver Post, "Senate passes U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority," 16 Jan. 2020 In October 2018, the patent expired on Humira, a big-selling biologic drug that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and other ailments. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Tiny Denmark saved lots of money on biosimilar Humira, while Americans are still paying big bucks," 3 June 2020 The Danish government moved quickly and began accepting bids from companies that make biosimilar versions, which are nearly identical variants that are expected to yield the same health outcomes, but cost less than pricey brand-name biologics. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Tiny Denmark saved lots of money on biosimilar Humira, while Americans are still paying big bucks," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of biologic

1904, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2020

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“Biologic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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 biological (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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