biosafety

noun

bio·​safe·​ty ˌbī-ō-ˈsāf-tē How to pronounce biosafety (audio)
: safety with respect to the effects of biological research on humans and the environment

Examples of biosafety in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet biosafety and biosecurity are a different challenge altogether. Janika Schmitt, STAT, 10 July 2023 For biosafety proponents, the extra scrutiny has filled a void left by an absence of new regulations. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Subcommittee members did not debate the origins of COVID-19 during the biosafety hearing this month. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 30 Oct. 2023 Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday evening requested the Government Accountability Office to provide a comprehensive review of the biosafety measures of all G20 member nations in the name of pandemic preparedness. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 30 Oct. 2023 Fifty-one biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs exist worldwide, roughly double the number a decade ago, says the Global BioLabs Report 2023, published this week by researchers at King’s College London and George Mason University. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 16 Mar. 2023 Their biosafety plan, which was reviewed by The Times and approved by the aid agency, included medical screenings of field workers, as well as spot checks and audits by biosafety specialists. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 The move was undertaken due to WIV’s failure to provide documentation on WIV’s research requested by NIH related to concerns that WIV violated NIH’s biosafety protocols. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 19 July 2023 White House warns Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine, rejects false ‘conspiracy’ of U.S. biolabs Beijing over the past decade has invested heavily in a network of high-level biosafety labs, equipped to handle and test more dangerous pathogens. Cate Cadell, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biosafety was in 1969

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“Biosafety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biosafety. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

biosafety

noun
bio·​safe·​ty ˈbī-ō-ˌsāf-tē How to pronounce biosafety (audio)
plural biosafeties
: safety with respect to the effects of biological research on humans and the environment
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