bioremediation

noun

bio·​re·​me·​di·​a·​tion ˌbī-ō-ri-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce bioremediation (audio)
: the treatment of pollutants or waste (as in an oil spill, contaminated groundwater, or an industrial process) by the use of microorganisms (such as bacteria) that break down the undesirable substances

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kelsey Abernathy, co-founder and CEO of AlgenAir, said living technology combines algal bioremediation with energy-efficient engineering to combat indoor air pollution and enable the future of green buildings. Jennifer Kite-powell, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 This concern prompted a study by University of Calgary scientists on bioremediation, or how naturally occurring organisms might be used to cleanse environmental pollutants. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 The study is one of the first to investigate bioremediation in the northern latitudes. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 Guests can drive robots, try their hand at computer coding, explore bioremediation, build model rockets and mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, construct a model that survives an earthquake simulator and more. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, 22 Aug. 2019 Culture Wired spends some time on the job with bioremediation and hoarding experts, Steri-Clean, Inc. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2018 As such, the species is thought of as a potential tool to clean up contaminated soils (aka, bioremediation). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 3 Jan. 2018 But that does not always degrade the chemical fully, and heavier cleanups may require bioremediation machines that involve often prohibitive sums between $700,000 and $3 million for installation alone. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2017 But that does not always degrade the chemical fully, and heavier cleanups may require bioremediation machines that involve often prohibitive sums between $700,000 and $3 million for installation alone. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bioremediation was in 1986

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Cite this Entry

“Bioremediation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioremediation. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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