bio·​phys·​ics | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce biophysics (audio) \

Definition of biophysics

: a branch of science concerned with the application of physical principles and methods to biological problems

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biophysical \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈfi-​zi-​kəl How to pronounce biophysics (audio) \ adjective
biophysicist \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈfi-​zə-​sist How to pronounce biophysics (audio) , -​ˈfiz-​sist \ noun

Examples of biophysics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group, led by UConn molecular biology and biophysics Professor Jeffrey Hoch, is expected to progress national molecular research in the fields of chemistry, materials science and bioscience. Amanda Blanco,, 16 June 2021 Technical lectures on basic astronautics, physics, astronomy, propulsion, biophysics, gyroscopic theory and similar highly technical subjects delivered by specialists from the Langley Research Center. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 The body allows more still: genetics, biophysics, biochemistry, bioelectricity, biomechanics, anatomy, psychology, and finer gradations in between, all these levels acting together, each playing an integral role. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Jumper later got his PhD. in computational biophysics from the University of Chicago, studying under Karl Freed and Tobin Sosnick, two scientists known for advances in protein fold modeling. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2020 That's been the case for Kate Bredbenner, 29, a doctor of biomedical sciences with a focus on biophysics, who posted a TikTok on Nov. 11 explaining in simple terms how the Covid-19 vaccine that Pfizer is developing works. NBC News, 29 Nov. 2020 A decade or so ago, David Brenner, a professor of radiation biophysics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York began thinking about the problem of drug-resistant bacteria. Erika Fry, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2020 UConn Health’s project is led by Jeff Hoch, a professor of molecular biology and biophysics at the UConn School of Medicine. Amanda Blanco,, 19 Oct. 2020 Chief executive Eddie Martucci, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from Yale, is a data evangelist. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of biophysics

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biophysics was in 1892

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“Biophysics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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bio·​phys·​ics | \ -ˈfiz-iks How to pronounce biophysics (audio) \

Medical Definition of biophysics

: a branch of science concerned with the application of physical principles and methods to biological problems

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