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

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson & Johnson’s race to manufacture a billion doses of coronavirus vaccine is ramping up in a small biotechnology plant near Interstate 95 in Baltimore. Anchorage Daily News, "Even finding a COVID-19 vaccine won’t be enough to end the pandemic," 12 May 2020 However, the company has massive capacity for making biotechnology products that are produced in cells. John Lauerman, Fortune, "In race to make a coronavirus vaccine, AstraZeneca joins forces with Oxford University," 30 Apr. 2020 Genentech, a biotechnology corporation based in San Francisco, is also hiring research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing and IT workers. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Grads face uncertain job market as coronavirus pushes companies to rescind offers," 10 Apr. 2020 The University of Texas at San Antonio’s biotechnology building is mostly empty these days, but Doug Frantz is still in his lab, working on ways to thwart the coronavirus that has sent everybody home. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio chemistry prof working on coronavirus treatment," 8 Apr. 2020 Sarah Woodward, who teaches biotechnology at Woodward, is also concerned, particularly for her students with learning disabilities. azcentral, "School could be out all spring. What happens then?," 18 Mar. 2020 Among those that highlighted Africa in their IPO prospectuses there was a heavy focus on biochemicals and biotechnology. Alexandria Williams, Quartz Africa, "A fresh crop of China’s most promising tech companies are looking to set up shop in Africa in 2020," 13 Jan. 2020 Inexpensive, delicious, and incredibly nutritious foods will be expected and delivered on even the most meager budgets, thanks to technology and biotechnology worldwide. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Can algae save the planet by changing the way we eat?," 17 Dec. 2019 Moderna, a biotechnology company that developed a vaccine that’s in clinical trials in Seattle, developed its vaccine using a new, untested method, Business Insider reported. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Why could it take years to develop a coronavirus vaccine?," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of biotechnology

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biotechnology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotechnology. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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biotechnology

noun
How to pronounce biotechnology (audio)

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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