biomimetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

bio·​mi·​met·​ics ˌbī-ō-mə-ˈme-tiks How to pronounce biomimetics (audio) -mī- How to pronounce biomimetics (audio)
: the study of the formation, structure, or function of biologically produced substances and materials (such as enzymes or silk) and biological mechanisms and processes (such as protein synthesis or photosynthesis) especially for the purpose of synthesizing similar products by artificial mechanisms which mimic natural ones
biomimetic adjective

Examples of biomimetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drone is an example of biomimetics, in which machinery, particularly drones, are designed to resemble living creatures in order to take advantage of the animal's physical advantages. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 The practice of modeling artificial products after biological processes is called biomimicry or biomimetics. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biomimetics was in 1970

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“Biomimetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biomimetics. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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