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 biologic (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 biologically (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 Lawmakers across the country have been pushing back against pressure to allow biological men into women’s sports. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Congressional Democrats sign letter to Education Department demanding biological men be allowed to compete in female sports," 18 June 2020 Since the goal with fostering is typically to reunite the child with their biological family, the process can take at least 18 to 22 months or longer, DeGarmo says. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Hidden Costs Of Starting A Family When Queer," 15 June 2020 Indigenous populations in Australia, the Pacific and the Americas had no biological familiarity with these new pathogens. Charlotte Roberts, The Conversation, "What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them," 15 June 2020 To be an anti-fascist is to oppose the spread of that philosophy, and the violent enforcement of that belief in biological and social inequality. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump blames antifa for nationwide violence. But is it even an organization? And does it engage in terrorism?," 14 June 2020 Christopher Manning, of Stanford University’s AI Lab, points out that biological brains learn from far richer data-sets than machines. The Economist, "Automobiles Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI," 13 June 2020 Scientists agree that biological races do not exist among humans. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Activist Jane Elliott says protests are proof that 'together we are stronger'," 11 June 2020 In 2019, more than 12,000 people came to watch this incredible biological phenomenon, says David Shelley, chief of resource stewardship and science at Congaree. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "A rare look at fireflies that blink in unison, in a forest without tourists," 11 June 2020 It's based on biological characteristics of maleness or femaleness as indicated by chromosomes, gonads, hormones and genitals. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Gender identity: The difference between gender, sex and other need-to-knows," 10 June 2020

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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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21 Jun 2020

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“Biological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biological. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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biological

adjective
How to pronounce biological (audio)

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 biologically (audio) \ adverb

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