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

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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 His daughter, Tylin Rosser, 62, grew up not knowing the father who raised her had not been her biological father. Greg Garrison | Ggarrison@al.com, al, 4 July 2021 What is complicated is that Fajardo and her partner, who declined to be interviewed for this story, are not married, and Josseph has a different biological father. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, 2 July 2021 For a while, Kauffman found work with his biological father, Tony Kauffman, who ran a freight-hauling business. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 But there was a happy ending with her biological father's acceptance years later. Sahar Akbarzai, CNN, 26 June 2021 Rivera's roommate, Theresa Balboa, was the girlfriend of Samuel's biological father. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2021 First, Dougherty’s sister, Lea Yribe, offered to donate her eggs, and Eledge would be the biological father. NBC News, 20 June 2021 For the first four years of a child’s life, another man could come in and claim to be the biological father. Dallas News, 20 June 2021 While en route, officers learned the suspect, the child’s biological father, had fled the residence in a dark-colored van, taking the 3-year-old victim and his 6-year-old brother with him, officials said. oregonlive, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of biological

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biological was in 1818

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16 Jul 2021

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“Biological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biological. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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biological

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of biological

: of or relating to biology or to life and living things
: related through birth

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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