biotechnology

noun
bio·​tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌbī-ō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce biotechnology (audio) \

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

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Other Words from biotechnology

biotechnological \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˌtek-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce biotechnological (audio) \ adjective
biotechnologically \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˌtek-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biotechnologically (audio) \ adverb
biotechnologist \ ˌbī-​ō-​tek-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce biotechnologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of biotechnology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Collins was indicted in August 2018, accused of using inside information about a biotechnology company to help his son make illicit stock trades. CBS News, "GOP Representative Chris Collins resigns amid corruption charges," 30 Sep. 2019 Collins was charged last year with passing non-public information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., an Australian biotechnology company, to his son. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "GOP Lawmaker Resigns, Will Plead Guilty in Insider-Trading Case," 30 Sep. 2019 After the project got underway, advances in biotechnology made genome sequencing significantly less labor intensive, allowing the team to broaden its initial ambitions and sequence a couple of additional avocado varieties. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Avocado Toast, Meet Gene Editing," 27 Sep. 2019 Investing in biotechnology can be a tricky business. Washington Post, "Drugmakers Put Bad Spin on a Bizarre Week," 10 Aug. 2019 The emerging technologies that make this thinkable include nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science (NBIC). Alexander Thomas, Quartz, "The problem with wanting to reverse aging that no one talks about," 30 Aug. 2019 For comparison purposes, San Diego has multiple universities as well as multiple strong industries, including biotechnology, telecommunications and military bases. Jennifer A. Jones, The Conversation, "How college towns could benefit more from throngs of student volunteers," 25 July 2019 Since the mid-1990s, Jason has studied biotechnologies, including techniques for detecting biological weapons. Ann Finkbeiner, Science | AAAS, "Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century," 27 June 2019 In the small-cap space, Patrick Healey, founder and president of Caliber Financial Partners, is selectively adding exposure to companies in the biotechnology, energy and commercial real-estate groups. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Small-Cap Stocks Teeter on the Edge of a Bear Market," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of biotechnology

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biotechnology.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotechnologically?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=biote01m. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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biotechnology

noun
How to pronounce biotechnology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of biotechnology

: 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

noun
bio·​tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌbī-ō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce biotechnology (audio) \

Kids Definition of biotechnology

: 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)

biotechnology

noun
bio·​tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ -tek-ˈnäl-ə-jē How to pronounce biotechnology (audio) \
plural biotechnologies

Medical Definition of biotechnology

1 : the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (as pest resistant crops, new bacterial strains, or novel pharmaceuticals) also : any of various applications of biological science used in such manipulation

Other Words from biotechnology

biotechnological \ -​ˌtek-​nə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce biotechnological (audio) \ adjective
biotechnologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biotechnologically (audio) \ adverb
biotechnologist \ -​tek-​ˈnäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce biotechnologist (audio) \ noun

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