bio·​phys·​ics | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce biophysics (audio) \
plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of biophysics

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

Other Words from biophysics

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 Born in 1919 and raised in London, Lovelock studied chemistry, medicine and biophysics in the U.K. and the U.S. Jill Lawless, ajc, 27 July 2022 In middle age, Efim had turned to biophysics, focussing on neurotransmission, and had won the U.S.S.R. State Prize, the highest honor for a Soviet scientist. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 If mechanics alone can fully account for some simple behaviors, then neuroscientists may want to look more closely at how the nervous system takes advantage of an animal’s biophysics to pull off complex behaviors in other situations. Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 In 2020 the butterwort began to attract a lot more attention following a report from Andrej Pavlovič’s biophysics lab at Palacký University in the Czech Republic. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 Christina Birch, 35, holds degrees in mathematics, biochemistry and molecular biophysics and a doctorate in biological engineering. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 At 7 pm one evening, David Agard, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, sent them the amino acid sequence for a protein produced by bacteria infected with a particular virus. Grace Huckins, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 Breslow pitched 12 seasons in the majors for seven teams after playing at Yale and is surely the only big leaguer who majored in molecular biophysics., 7 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of biophysics

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Biophysics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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