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) \

Definition of biomimetics

: 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

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Other Words from biomimetics

biomimetic \ ˌbī-​ō-​mə-​ˈme-​tik How to pronounce biomimetics (audio) \ adjective

Examples of biomimetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The practice of modeling artificial products after biological processes is called biomimicry or biomimetics. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 that May Lead to New Inventions," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of biomimetics

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Biomimetics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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