biological

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

Definition of biological

1 : of or relating to biology or to life and living processes
2 : used in or produced by applied biology
3 : connected by direct genetic relationship rather than by adoption or marriage her biological father

Other Words from biological

biologically \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biological (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of biological in a Sentence

the rights of the biological father in this case
Recent Examples on the Web Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, governments across the world have asserted emergency powers in response to the threat of this new biological nemesis. Pradheep J. Shanker, National Review, 23 Sep. 2022 As the handmaid's biological daughter – sporting a curly, red mane just like mom – playfully smiles, Putnam ensures Janine she won't be forgotten. Matt Cabral, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 This shifting of goal posts is, in part, a reckoning with the biological reality of COVID. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2022 The researchers looked at the internal biological structure of 11 different cetacean species, including fin whales and bottlenose dolphins. Daniel Leonard, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2022 Another notable absence is something that, for many people, is a distinct experience of biological family: shame. Daniel Poler, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 In fact, ants are so essential for the smooth working of biological processes that they can be seen as ecosystem engineers. Fox News, 20 Sep. 2022 The $160 million, 85,000-square-foot building will help meet growing demand for the biological materials needed to produce vaccines and treatments for cancer and other diseases. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2022 Prosecutors discovered that Parcells collected more than 1,600 biological samples, mostly human tissue, as part of the scheme. CBS News, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of biological

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Sep 2022

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“Biological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biological. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for biological

biological

adjective
bi·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Kids Definition of biological

1 : of or relating to biology or to life and living things biological activity
2 : related by birth

biological

adjective
variants: also biologic

Medical Definition of biological

1 : of or relating to biology or to life and living processes
2 : used in or produced by applied biology
3 : related by direct genetic relationship rather than by adoption or marriage an adoptee who searched for years for her biological parents

Other Words from biological

biologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biological (audio) \ adverb

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