bio·​med·​i·​cine ˌbī-ō-ˈme-də-sən How to pronounce biomedicine (audio)
 British usually  -ˈmed-sən
: medicine based on the application of the principles of the natural sciences and especially biology and biochemistry

Examples of biomedicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The period between the 1920s and 1950s was a time of significant progress and exciting discoveries in genetics and biomedicine. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Scientists from different disciplines—biomedicine, social sciences, and climate science—need to work together to raise awareness among communities facing these threats. WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 What are the applications of ATAC-seq in biomedicine and drug discovery? Anika Nayak, STAT, 13 Oct. 2023 Decoding and harnessing the power of the human immune system is one of the great frontiers of biomedicine. Wayne C. Koff, STAT, 6 Oct. 2023 Quantum dots are already playing important roles in electronics and in biomedicine, such as in drug delivery, imaging and medical diagnoses, and have more promising applications in the future, the Nobel Committee for Chemistry said in its announcement of the prize. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 Mark Kelly American innovation isn’t dead, especially in biomedicine, and an example is the Nobel Prize for medicine awarded Monday to Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for their contributions to the mRNA platform that became the basis for Covid vaccines. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2023 This re-humanization of medicine has been a concern for over a century, since medical education became more focused on biomedicine and scientific concepts than on the soft skills needed to be a good caregiver. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 30 Aug. 2023 This tension arises for the same reasons that O’Rourke lists in her memoir—the complexity of these diagnoses breaks with the reductive logic of biomedicine, which has no good methods available to confirm them. WIRED, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biomedicine was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Biomedicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


-ˈmed-ə-sən, British usually -ˈmed-sən
: medicine based on the application of the principles of the natural sciences and especially biology and biochemistry
also : a branch of medical science concerned especially with the capacity of human beings to survive and function in abnormally stressful environments and with the protective modification of such environments
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