Definition of biotechnology
1 : the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (such as pest resistant crops, new bacterial strains, or novel pharmaceuticals); also : any of various applications of biological science used in such manipulation
2 : ergonomics 1
biotechnologicalplay \-ˌtek-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
biotechnologicallyplay \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
biotechnologistplay \-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun
Recent Examples of biotechnology from the Web
The robots work for Zymergen, a biotechnology company that moved into this former electronics factory on the eastern shore of California’s San Francisco Bay in 2014.
Hudson, who will receive the innovation honor, has also been credited with helping to change the face of Huntsville in areas as divergent as downtown redevelopment, biotechnology and the arts.
Smith was one of an international group of high school students presenting their projects in this premier competition recognizing outstanding research in the field of biotechnology.
In a report on monetary policy delivered to Congress in July 2014, officials said prices for smaller biotechnology and social media stocks were stretched.
Osiris Therapeutics, a troubled biotechnology firm based in Columbia, will get another new CEO in July.
Hosted by the Biotechnology Institute, the competition challenges high school students from across the world to find solutions to health care, sustainability and environmental needs through biotechnology.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed decision on the rules governing efforts to get low-cost alternatives to pricey biotechnology drugs on the market.
Wen Wang, an MIT bioengineer, headed up the biotechnology and materials science for the study.
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First Known Use of biotechnology
BIOTECHNOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of biotechnology for English Language Learners
: the use of living cells, bacteria, etc., to make useful products (such as crops that insects are less likely to destroy or new kinds of medicine)
BIOTECHNOLOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of biotechnology for Students
: the use of techniques from genetics to combine inherited characteristics selected from different kinds of organisms into one organism in order to produce useful products (as drugs)
Medical Definition of biotechnology
1: the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (as novel pharmaceuticals); also : any of various applications of biological science used in such manipulation
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