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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One generally required eight years of patent protection for biotechnology drugs—a provision that Australia in particular fought against. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Trump Talks TPP, but Trade Partners Say, Not So Fast," 13 Apr. 2018 Unlike pills, biotechnology drugs are made from living cells, are injected or infused, and have advanced the treatment of many diseases. Anna Edney, Bloomberg.com, "‘Rigged’ System Blocks Use of Lower-Cost Drugs, FDA Chief Says," 7 Mar. 2018 How big a role biotechnology will play in the economy of the 21st-century world is hard to predict. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 At his death he was widely credited as having been an important force in ensuring that biotechnology would play a critical role in improving economic life in many developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture," 1 Jan. 2018 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

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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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