bioreactor

noun
bio·​re·​ac·​tor | \ ˌbī-ō-rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce bioreactor (audio) \

Definition of bioreactor

: 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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Last month, from Singapore, came news of the world’s first commercial sale of cell-cultured meat, the product of a bioreactor instead of a slaughterhouse. Matthew Scully, National Review, "Hello Cultured Meat, Goodbye to the Cruelty of Industrial Animal Farming," 17 Jan. 2021 In an effort to solve the bioreactor logjam at national level, a task-force composed of drug company representatives and health officials has been holding weekly meetings. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russia Struggles to Make Promised Doses of Its Sputnik V Vaccine," 10 Dec. 2020 But replicating the process from the lab to the nearby factory floor has proved tricky because scientists need to tweak the vaccine’s recipe depending on the bioreactor. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russia Struggles to Make Promised Doses of Its Sputnik V Vaccine," 10 Dec. 2020 As a result, brewing the vaccine in a 2-liter bioreactor—a machine swinging a bag of beer-like liquid and creating foamy waves—is different than making it in 1,000-liter metal silos. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russia Struggles to Make Promised Doses of Its Sputnik V Vaccine," 10 Dec. 2020 The cultured meat is created in a bioreactor -- an apparatus in which a biological reaction or change takes place -- Eat Just said. Amy Woodyatt And Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Singapore becomes first country to approve lab-grown meat," 2 Dec. 2020 Developers have said the technology still is in its infancy, and producing meat in bioreactor tanks from animal cells remains far more expensive than raising and slaughtering chickens, cattle and hogs. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "California Company’s Cell-Grown Chicken Gets Nod From Singapore," 3 Dec. 2020 Using the bacteria in bioreactor vats instead could be easier to control and would leave no plastic residue. Ed Scott-clarke; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Could unlocking the mystery of the mealworm's gut help solve our plastic crisis?," 10 Sep. 2020 Ten pounds would be enough to cap about 100 million doses of the vaccine, but, according to Tabarrok, there is not enough bioreactor capacity worldwide to produce both enough vaccinia capping enzymes and other vaccines. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "'This supply chain has never been tested': Production bottlenecks threaten mass vaccine rollout," 3 Sep. 2020

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioreactor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioreactor. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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bioreactor

noun
bio·​re·​ac·​tor | \ ˌbī-ō-rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce bioreactor (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioreactor

: 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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