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)

Examples of bioreactor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once enough cells have developed, they’re placed in a bioreactor, a vessel for carrying out a biological process similar to devices the pharmaceutical industry uses to manufacture vaccines. Paul Tullis, Town & Country, "Fake Steak, Well Done," 2 May 2021 Falconer and her team feed the cells a mixture of protein, vitamins and other necessary nutrients and put them into a device called a bioreactor, which functions as a sort of womb. Shelby Vittek, Smithsonian Magazine, "We Won’t Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Too," 22 Apr. 2021 Johnson & Johnson had said last year that Emergent would be making vaccine in single-use, 1,000-liter bioreactor bags. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden vaccination goal stands despite plant contamination, White House says," 5 Apr. 2021 Last week the company showed journalists some of the production equipment, including the bioreactor, a metal drum where the mRNA is produced from raw material fed in by tubes and carefully monitored. Star Tribune, "Amid AstraZeneca setback, Germany banks on homegrown vaccine," 31 Mar. 2021 Instead, chicken cells were steeped in a nutrient solution and grown in a bioreactor in a Singapore manufacturing facility. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Real Meat That Vegetarians Can Eat," 6 Mar. 2021 In the bioreactor, the vaccine is introduced from viral banks that are carefully tracked to ensure consistent quality. Alex Knapp, Forbes, "Little-Known Publicly Traded Company Given Massive Deal To Manufacture One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine," 1 Mar. 2021 In the lab, researchers use cell cultures to grow them in what’s called a bioreactor. Popular Science, "Ramping up COVID-19 vaccine production is harder than it seems," 19 Feb. 2021 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

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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 11 May. 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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