biosafety

noun
bio·​safe·​ty | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈsāf-tē How to pronounce biosafety (audio) \

Definition of biosafety

: 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 The Wuhan Institute of Virology is China’s first research facility to operate biosafety level 4 labs, the highest safety level, which are built with special design features and equipment to prevent the most dangerous pathogens from getting out. Jessica Blake, ProPublica, "Near Misses at UNC Chapel Hill’s High-Security Lab Illustrate Risk of Accidents With Coronaviruses," 17 Aug. 2020 This lab, at the Szentágothai Research Center at Hungary’s University of Pécs, is rated at a high biosafety level, meaning that transmission of microbes handled here can cause serious or deadly disease. Tamas Vitray, National Geographic, "Beyond masks and gloves—here’s how the pros handle dangerous microbes," 4 Aug. 2020 But growing viruses that can afflict humans can be dangerous and requires facilities with extensive safety features — called biosafety level 3 labs — in which scientists wear full-body hazard suits and other protective gear. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Accurate Are Tests to Detect Coronavirus on Surfaces?," 15 May 2020 Any work with animals infected with the virus must also be done in animal biosafety level 3 laboratories, which have tight security to ensure the safety of the researchers and to prevent accidental escape of animals, according to Georgieva. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Mice can't catch COVID-19, so a UA lab is making new kind of mouse," 10 June 2020 Some Republican members of Congress have refused to accept that the disease was naturally spread in a Wuhan wet market, instead pointing out that China's only biosafety level 4 superlaboratory is located just miles from the market. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Trump blames Chinese 'incompetence' on coronavirus for 'mass Worldwide killing'," 20 May 2020 Tulane houses over 5,000 monkeys and has a biosafety level three laboratory (the minimum required to study SARS-CoV-2). Mallory Pickett, Wired, "The Search for a Covid-19 Research Animal Model," 11 May 2020 But growing viruses that can afflict humans can be dangerous and requires facilities with extensive safety features—called biosafety level 3 labs—in which scientists wear full-body hazard suits and other protective gear. Lina Zeldovich/undark, Popular Science, "COVID-19 surface tests can’t make public spaces safe just yet," 15 May 2020 This is in part because a suitable strain of the virus -- and the proper dosage -- must be developed in a lab outfitted with high biosafety standards. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Thousands of people want to be exposed to Covid-19 for science," 13 May 2020

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Biosafety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biosafety. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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biosafety

noun
bio·​safe·​ty | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌsāf-tē How to pronounce biosafety (audio) \
plural biosafeties

Medical Definition of biosafety

: safety with respect to the effects of biological research on humans and the environment

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