biotechnology

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

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 \ adjective
biotechnologically \ˌbī-ō-ˌtek-nə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
biotechnologist \ˌbī-ō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jist \ noun

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The beach community has emerged in the last decade as a destination for businesses in creative fields such as biotechnology and entertainment. Andrea Chang, latimes.com, "Patrick Soon-Shiong plans to move Los Angeles Times to new campus in El Segundo," 13 Apr. 2018 While gene-drive research builds on previous mosquito-control experience and prevailing good practices in biotechnology, this is a new approach with unique aspects. Anthony A. James, STAT, "Gene-drive technology must be developed in a safe, ethical way," 10 July 2018 Many growers, scientists and economists seem to expect that developments in biotechnology and farm management will allow corn to keep growing despite any changes in climate. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can Wisconsin’s corn take the heat? Study warns rising temperatures could be devastating," 19 June 2018 During a tour of Liyang, Kellner observed such similarities to Columbia as trees being planted to improve air quality, fledgling technology and biotechnology firms, and schools with engaged students. Janene Holzberg, Howard County Times, "Columbia poised to add China's Liyang as sister city," 15 June 2018 Indeed, the novel is more relevant than ever, given the scientific advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence that make Victor Frankenstein’s aim of creating a new species more than conceivable. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "The Mother of Frankenstein," 1 June 2018 Mareli Vargas, who earned an associate’s degree in biotechnology, plans to continue her education at Central Connecticut State University. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "378 Middlesex Community College Graduates Told To 'Commit To The Journey, Not The Outcome'," 24 May 2018 Tee, now 35, is president's assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, specializing in biotechnology and the interface between human and machine. Zeena Saifi, Victoria Brown And Tom Page, CNN, "How Luke Skywalker's robotic hand inspired the prosthetics of tomorrow," 21 Mar. 2018 Fortunately, the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s rapid advances in biotechnology hold promise. Nishan Degnarain, Fortune, "Commentary: These Technologies Could Save the Northern White Rhino From Extinction," 20 Mar. 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 \

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 \
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 novel pharmaceuticals) also : any of various applications of biological science used in such manipulation

Other words from biotechnology

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

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