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

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Hong Kong has few results to show from an almost yearlong experiment in making the city an Asian biotechnology hub. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Bid to Lure Biotech Listings From U.S. Falls Flat," 11 Mar. 2019 The district offers hundreds of courses, in areas ranging from nursing and biotechnology to marine biology and graphic design. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego community colleges greatly expand free tuition program," 12 June 2018 Samsung is betting big on biotechnology as a way to diversify beyond electronics. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Samsung Faces Resistance From Big Pharma in the U.S.," 11 Jan. 2019 So the governor signed the bill Friday at Bunker Hill Community College, which offers an associate’s degree that focuses on biotechnology. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker signs law to boost life sciences by $500 million over 5 years," 15 June 2018 The biotechnology company raised more than $600 million, pricing its shares at $23 apiece in early December. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Pinterest Files Confidentially for IPO," 22 Feb. 2019 Those applicants for Ivanka trademarks include farm-equipment manufacturers, asset managers, electronics makers and biotechnology firms. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 As a result, several Lipper fund categories had a robust month: Science and technology funds were up 5.4% (and now nearly 16% so far this year), and health/biotechnology was up 5.5% (and 18% for the year). William Power, WSJ, "U.S.-Stock Funds Rose 3.1% in August, Adding To Their Global Lead," 9 Sep. 2018 The laws that cover biotechnology have not been significantly updated in decades, forcing regulators to rely on outdated frameworks to govern new technologies. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of biotechnology

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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biotechnology

noun

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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