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

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In the classroom, Sullivan is looking to major in biotechnology with an eye toward getting into Columbia for law school. Pomerado News, "Poway High grad part of UCLA’s national title team," 12 June 2019 In biotechnology, the rank and file are well-to-do. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Biotech Is Place to Be for Top Salaries," 9 May 2019 Her first challenge is to get the state’s booming biotechnology industry to put more women in leadership positions. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Business group’s new chief aims to make Kendall Square a global name," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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