bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce biosecurity (audio) \

Definition of biosecurity

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents also : measures taken to ensure this security

Examples of biosecurity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kendall Hoyt, is a biosecurity expert, an assistant professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, and a lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering, all at Dartmouth University. Kendall Hoyt, STAT, "MAPGuide: A tool to help improve health-related public-private partnership agreements," 3 Apr. 2021 An island nation with some of the toughest biosecurity laws in the world, Australia quickly shut its external borders in March 2020. Maria Petrakis, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood stars hunker down in Australia’s Byron Bay, where COVID-19 spurs film boom," 26 Mar. 2021 Juliana Matos, the park’s biosecurity manager, will discuss the best ways to protect the islands’ fragile ecosystem from invasive species. Los Angeles Times, "Animal-shaped Fitbit routes? Yes, please," 11 Mar. 2021 My advice for business leaders is to create a Covid team that will be in charge of creating and overseeing all of the new biosecurity procedures. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "16 Useful Tips For Safely Reopening Offices," 10 Mar. 2021 The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia – A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Australia won't kill Joe, a racing pigeon wrongly accused of biosecurity risk due to fake leg tag," 15 Jan. 2021 And to do that, designers are seeking lessons from the highest biosecurity labs on Earth. Rebecca Renner, Science, "How scientists plan to protect Earth from extraterrestrial germs," 11 Dec. 2020 The term biosecurity refers to efforts aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Covid-19 Pandemic Underscored Importance of IT in Medical Research," 13 Nov. 2020 The virus may remain infectious for weeks on banknotes, glass and other common surfaces, according to research by Australia’s top biosecurity laboratory., "U.S. Adds Almost 55,000 Cases; Doctors Clear Trump: Virus Update," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of biosecurity

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Biosecurity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌbī-ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce biosecurity (audio) \

Medical Definition of biosecurity

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents (such as pathogenic microorganisms) You would expect the organisation responsible for ensuring biosecurity in labs working with dangerous animal pathogens like foot and mouth disease to know about any accidents that have occurred in those labs.— Linda Geddes, New Scientist, 22 Dec. 2007 also : measures taken to ensure this security In areas where poultry farms are on adjoining or nearby properties or in areas tied together by common waterways, roads, or flyways, the risk of disease spread from one farm to another is greatly increased no matter what type of biosecurity is practiced by individual farms. — Carol J. Cardona, in Avian Influenza, 2008

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