biosensor

noun
bio·​sen·​sor | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˈsen-ˌsȯr How to pronounce biosensor (audio) , -ˈsen(t)-sər \

Definition of biosensor

: a device that monitors and transmits information about a life process especially : a device consisting of a biological component (such as an enzyme or bacterium) that reacts with a target substance and an electrochemical or optical component that detects the resulting products or by-products and emits a signal

Examples of biosensor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s enough to power the biosensors as well as wireless communication. Wei Gao, The Conversation, "A smart second skin gets all the power it needs from sweat," 22 Apr. 2020 For more than a decade, Snyder, a biology researcher at Stanford University, has been using consumer wearables to determine whether these kinds of biosensors—and the data collected from them—can help track the onset of infections or illness. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Can a Wearable Detect Covid-19 Before Symptoms Appear?," 14 Apr. 2020 Her poem, inscribed on a silk biosensor intended for implantation, can be viewed through a microscope. BostonGlobe.com, "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2014, Brauer conducted a study of 120 workers at a London media agency who wore wrist devices to monitor movement and biosensors to measure brain activity. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "What makes you work harder? Strap on a sensor and find out.," 16 July 2019 Several teams are working on biosensor capsules that are swallowed. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019 Wearable biosensors are also being tested in navigation systems, biochemistry fields, and in the development of advanced textiles that can communicate, transform, conduct energy, and even grow. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Battery Fashion: Scientists Weave Rechargeable Electronics Into Clothes," 9 Nov. 2018 These biosensors have been modified to recognize a particular molecule of interest, such as the blood component heme. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "This futuristic pill senses signs of disease inside the body, then sends a wireless alert to a phone," 25 May 2018 Researchers not involved with the work identified several improvements that are needed for the biosensor to be clinically useful. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Swallow this: A sensor could monitor gut health via engineered bacteria — and beam results to a smartphone," 24 May 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Biosensor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biosensor. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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biosensor

noun
bio·​sen·​sor | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌsen-ˌsȯ(ə)r, -ˌsen(t)-sər How to pronounce biosensor (audio) \

Medical Definition of biosensor

: a device that monitors and transmits information about a life process especially : a device consisting of a biological component (such as an enzyme or bacterium) that reacts with a target substance and an electrochemical or optical component that detects the resulting products or by-products and emits a signal New biosensors that can sniff out traces of the explosives RDX and TNT may be used to help clean up old munitions sites. Science News, 6 Apr. 1996
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