biomaterial

noun
bio·​ma·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌbī-ō-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce biomaterial (audio) \

Definition of biomaterial

: a natural or synthetic material (such as a metal or polymer) that is suitable for introduction into living tissue especially as part of a medical device (such as an artificial joint)

Examples of biomaterial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evonik announced its expanded advanced biomaterials facility in Birmingham is now operational. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Evonik opens expanded Birmingham biomedical facility," 13 May 2020 One of the most important aspects about this new development is that the chitosan will help make devices self-powered, and Wu hopes that this development can pave a path for more use of natural biomaterials in science. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Source of Sustainable Energy: Crustaceans," 20 Apr. 2020 In 2017, Best Made was acquired by Bolt Threads, a Bay Area biomaterials company. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Repaired old axes get designer touch," 22 Dec. 2019 Some common biomaterials for food applications include cellulose from plants, a carbohydrate called chitosan from mushrooms and a carbohydrate called alginate from algae. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Business leaders and researchers say rules that are too expansive could weigh on industries that depend on freely trading components or knowledge around the world, like developers of driverless cars or biomaterials. New York Times, "Trump Officials Battle Over Plan to Keep Technology Out of Chinese Hands," 23 Oct. 2019 The new release is called FRESH v2.0, an improved technique that can print multiple biomaterials (even human heart cells) with 10 times the detail of the original FRESH. Scientific American, "Fang Needles, Quantum Carpets and Tender Robot Touches," 2 Aug. 2019 These biomaterials can take different forms – films, gels, sponges – depending on what properties are desired in the resulting tissue. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Scientists combine cells and scaffolds to produce functional biomaterials for research, toxicology screening or implants. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of biomaterial

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Biomaterial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biomaterial. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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biomaterial

noun
bio·​ma·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌbī-ō-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce biomaterial (audio) \

Medical Definition of biomaterial

: a natural or synthetic material (as a polymer or metal) that is suitable for introduction into living tissue especially as part of a medical device (as an artificial heart valve or joint)

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