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

Other Words from biotechnology

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

Examples of biotechnology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two Dow Jones Industrial Average components—construction-equipment company Caterpillar Inc. and biotechnology company Amgen Inc.—are AMGN -0.91%▼ on tap to report. Dean Seal, WSJ, 30 July 2022 In longevity biotechnology, several such portals emerged in recent years. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Co-founded by Madhavi Gavini and Rathi Srinivas, Droplette was initially designed to solve a problem in biotechnology: to be able to deliver genes into the skin to treat a variety of rare skin diseases. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2022 At its best, venture capital is arguably the world’s best innovation accelerator, enabling advancements like biotechnology, microprocessors, and cloud computing. Jim Kim, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2022 Nour Essa, 36, who worked in biotechnology in Damascus, has become a researcher at a Catholic hospital. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 But Steve Brozak, an investment banker whose company, WBB Securities, specializes in biotechnology, said engaging industry could prove difficult. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Employment and pay in biotechnology are swelling, driven by rocketing investment in a sector suddenly flashy for developing drugs and vaccines not only against Covid-19, but a number of other diseases. Brian Gormley, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2021 New advancements in biotechnology have enabled the creation of vaccines in a faster way. NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biotechnology

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biotechnology was in 1921

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9 Aug 2022

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“Biotechnology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotechnology. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for biotechnology

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 biotechnology (audio) \ adjective
biotechnologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biotechnology (audio) \ adverb
biotechnologist \ -​tek-​ˈnäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce biotechnology (audio) \ noun

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