biostatistics

noun

bio·​sta·​tis·​tics ˌbī-ō-stə-ˈti-stiks How to pronounce biostatistics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: statistics applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data and especially data relating to human biology, health, and medicine
biostatistical adjective
biostatistician noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If changes in behavior did indeed drive down spread, relaxing precautions could drive it back up, said Ira Longini, professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 Knowing the proportion of asymptomatic cases can help predict where the pandemic is going, said Dr. Rebecca Fischer, an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 12 Aug. 2022 Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, told USA TODAY the outbreak is almost certainly not related to the COVID vaccine. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, says people trust their doctor for COVID-19 information more than the CDC or any public health department. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 Sheppard, who has expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics and exposure assessment, served on the committee from 2015 to 2018. Matthew Daly, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 We were joined by Natalie Dean, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at Emory University, who specializes in infectious-disease research and has, herself, a 4-year-old and an almost-2-year-old. Sarah Laskow, The Atlantic, 29 Nov. 2021 Roughly 12 billion cigarettes are sold in California each year, 90% of which are filtered, San Diego State epidemiology and biostatistics professor Thomas Novotny said Tuesday during a news conference. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 Vinay Prasad, a physician and associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, told Fortune Monday. Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biostatistics was circa 1865

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“Biostatistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biostatistics. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

biostatistics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

bio·​sta·​tis·​tics -stə-ˈtis-tiks How to pronounce biostatistics (audio)
: statistics applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data and especially data relating to human biology, health, and medicine
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