bio·​mark·​er | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌmär-kər How to pronounce biomarker (audio) \

Definition of biomarker

: a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator (such as a metabolite) of a process, event, or condition (such as aging, disease, or oil formation)

Examples of biomarker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, said the findings suggested that the spike protein was a potential biomarker that could be helpful in diagnosing and treating long COVID patients. Martin Finucane,, 7 July 2022 According to National Cancer Institute researchers, biomarker testing plays an important part in precision medicine and can help in selecting the right cancer treatment for specific genetic markers found in a certain type of cancer. Demaris Mills, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Scull directs the reader’s attention to the fact that after decades of research and billions of dollars spent, not a single biomarker for psychiatric sickness has been discovered. Siri Hustvedt, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The patients in the study received a six-month course of the drug, which is marketed by GSK under the name of Jemperli, and were selected based on a rare biomarker. Aayushi Pratap, Forbes, 10 June 2022 But this one - discovering a biomarker in blood that indicates babies' risk for SIDS - qualifies. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 Some sort of biomarker like a lab measurement that is believed to predict a treatment benefit. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Could a biomarker present at birth predict babies at high risk? Erin Prater, Fortune, 15 May 2022 And researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Tel Aviv just published a study showing a strong association between a specific voice biomarker and health events tied to coronary artery disease. Casey Ross, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of biomarker

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Biomarker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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bio·​mark·​er | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌmär-kər How to pronounce biomarker (audio) \

Medical Definition of biomarker

: a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator (as a biochemical metabolite in the body) of a process, event, or condition (as aging, disease, or exposure to a toxic substance) age-related biomarkers of disease and degenerative change— Janet Raloff


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