bioprocess

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noun bio·pro·cess \ ¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦prä-ˌses+ \

Definition of bioprocess

plural bioprocesses
:a biological process that is used in the creation of a material or product
  • … has spent more than 20 years studying the bioprocesses and biotechnology … involved with creating vaccines.
  • —Wendy Leonard, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City, Utah)13 Oct. 2011
  • An example of a bioprocess would be using yeast to transform corn into ethanol.
  • —Nicklaus LoveladyBelleville (Illinois) News-Democrat24 Feb. 2006
  • Older bioprocesses, such as fermentation, typically use whole cells and require separating the product from reaction batches.
  • Chemical & Engineering News21 May 2001

bioprocessing

play \¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦prä-ˌse-siŋ+\ noun
    • Researchers are finding ways to use bioprocessing and biotechnology to make paper and textile processing more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
    • —Mairin B. BrennanChemical & Engineering News23 Mar. 1998
    • … a bioprocessing facility that is making the culture medium in which stem cells will be grown.
    • —Terri SomersSan Diego Union-Tribune18 Dec. 2006

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First Known Use of bioprocess

1981


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