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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On November 12 of that year, a dispatch by party branch members at the [biosafety level-4] laboratory appeared to reference a biosecurity breach. James Freeman, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 Unable to use the Covid-19 virus in their experiment due to biosafety restrictions, the researchers had opted, instead, for Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause a range of sometimes deadly infections. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Sep. 2022 That's what Richie Fink, a retired biosafety officer from Andover, Mass., did on a recent trip to Switzerland. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 To be sure, some gain-of-function research on pathogens requires a higher level of review given its ramifications for biosafety and biosecurity. Victor Dirita, STAT, 25 Dec. 2021 The first is biosafety: the effort to ensure through training and technology that workers stay free of infection and illness — not only for their own sake but also for that of surrounding communities. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 What is lacking are the institutional attention and resources to make biosafety routine, integrating it into habitual bench practices. Ruthanne Huising, STAT, 16 Aug. 2021 This will include increasing biosafety and improving the regulatory capacity in the support of vaccine and therapeutic development. Maggie Fox, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 The advisory group of up to 25 experts will come from a range of scientific specialties, including biosafety and biosecurity, Van Kerkhove said. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biosafety was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Biosafety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



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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