biotechnology

noun bio·tech·nol·o·gy \ ˌbī-ō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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

biotechnological

play \-ˌtek-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

biotechnologically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

biotechnologist

play \-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

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First Known Use of biotechnology

1921

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BIOTECHNOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

biotechnology

noun

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

biotechnology

noun bio·tech·nol·o·gy \ ˌbī-ō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \

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 Dictionary

biotechnology

noun bio·tech·nol·o·gy \ -tek-ˈnäl-ə-jē \

medical Definition of biotechnology

plural biotechnologies
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

biotechnological

play \-ˌtek-nə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective

biotechnologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

biotechnologist

play \-tek-ˈnäl-ə-jəst\ noun


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