bioreactor

noun

bio·​re·​ac·​tor ˌbī-ō-rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce bioreactor (audio)
: a device or apparatus in which living organisms and especially bacteria synthesize useful substances (such as interferon) or break down harmful ones (as in sewage)

Examples of bioreactor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately the Good Meat deal would collapse into a legal dispute, with bioreactor firm ABEC alleging that the company owes more than $61 million in unpaid invoices. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 Max Lloyd works with a bioreactor filled with growing plant cells at Ayana Bio in the Seaport. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2023 Each cell type has a different media, and the incubator or bioreactor acts as an oven-like device mimicking the internal temperature and oxygenation of the human body, Atala said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 June 2022 Its bioreactors use bacteria to convert food waste into usable plastics. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 In an industry where most companies are using bioreactors that hold just hundreds or thousands of liters, the size of the project was unprecedented. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 Other options include bioreactors for algae or indeed, any kind of cell that can be grown into food. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023 Governments are also aiding the development of meat grown from cell cultures in bioreactors, or egg and dairy products made via fermentation. Noah Gordon, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 The issues with the bioreactors, key components of Upside’s intellectual property stack, have so far proven arduous. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bioreactor was in 1974

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“Bioreactor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioreactor. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

bioreactor

noun
bio·​re·​ac·​tor ˌbī-ō-rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce bioreactor (audio)
: a device or apparatus in which living organisms and especially bacteria synthesize useful substances (as interferon) or break down harmful ones (as in sewage)
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