bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce biopharmaceutical (audio)
: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology
biopharmaceutical adjective

Examples of biopharmaceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Becoming a leader in biotech and biopharmaceuticals Reporter Joby Warwick went to Serbia to examine how China has been building a massive database of genetic information from around the world to realize its goal of becoming a leader in biotechnology by 2035. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Lately, Choquette says, the division has been focusing on biopharmaceuticals, and working on NIST’s first SRM for a living material: a Chinese hamster ovary cell line. Tom Vanderbilt, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 Angela Hwang, chief commercial officer and president of Pfizer's global biopharmaceuticals business, said in a statement that Zavzpret provides another option for the many people who suffer migraines. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 10 Mar. 2023 The drug remdesivir, developed by the biopharmaceutical giant Gilead, was recently approved for emergency use in the United States. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 May 2020 Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company based in Foster City, Calif., donated its entire supply last week — 1.5 million vials, or enough for about 140,000 patients. Laura Garcia,, 4 May 2020 The biopharmaceutical industry has quickly responded and at least 80 candidates are already in development. Julie L. Gerberding, STAT, 23 Mar. 2020 Here’s something most people don’t understand: the American biopharmaceutical industry is flourishing. Jessica Sagers, STAT, 5 Mar. 2020 Beside Gilead, there are a number of biopharmaceutical companies reaching into this space. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biopharmaceutical was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Biopharmaceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce biopharmaceutical (audio)
: of or relating to biopharmaceutics or biopharmaceuticals
a biopharmaceutical company
biopharmaceutical drugs


2 of 2 noun
: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology
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