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) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biomimetics.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of biomimetics

1970, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about biomimetics

Time Traveler for biomimetics

Time Traveler

The first known use of biomimetics was in 1970

See more words from the same year

Statistics for biomimetics

Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Biomimetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biomimetics. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on biomimetics

What made you want to look up biomimetics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!