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 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 When the next disease X comes, there will always be a question about biosafety, about a lab leak, there will be conspiracy theorists. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 25 Aug. 2021 There is no one-size-fits-all program for biosafety. Ruthanne Huising, STAT, 16 Aug. 2021 All this work takes place in high-level biosafety laboratories staffed by skilled workers, who are in short supply. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 15 July 2021 This may be an opportunity to review and enhance systems of biosecurity and biosafety governance. David Gillum, The Conversation, 21 June 2021 State officials are proposing to build a new laboratory to replace the one run by the Health Department, which is the only Level 3 biosafety facility in the state. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Firstly, Wuhan, where the disease almost certainly began in China, is home to China's major biosafety level 4 laboratory, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 29 May 2021

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Biosafety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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