life science


Definition of life science 

: a branch of science (such as biology, medicine, and sometimes anthropology or sociology) that deals with living organisms and life processes usually used in plural

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Fanlo’s departure wasn’t announced at the time, but was reported Friday by the life science publication Fierce Biotech. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018 All of Us will share data with corporate partners, including Verily, Google’s life sciences division. Mason Marks, STAT, "DNA donors must demand stronger protection for genetic privacy," 30 May 2018 Its health care unit, which makes medical imaging equipment and life sciences technology, is doing well. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "G.E. Spins Off Railroad Business," 21 May 2018 But Alphabet's life sciences division, Verily, is likely expecting a blow-out with this one. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alphabet’s Verily has a “smart diaper“ design that distinguishes pee from poo," 17 May 2018 That same year, MassBio commissioned a landmark study on women in the life sciences that detailed the extent of a gender gap in Massachusetts. Shirley Leung,, "In 2018, there is no excuse for topless dancers at a corporate event," 14 June 2018 Craig Martin, a global principal with Ogilvy Consulting, specializes in the life sciences, biotech, health technology, health care, wellness, and pharmaceutical sectors. Craig Martin, STAT, "Why putting drug prices in ads is a bad idea," 11 July 2018 Business, life science, nursing all require a year of calculus ... a math class can ruin some of your plans. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Del Norte High math students meet challenge," 5 July 2018 Many of them come to study life sciences, a result of the country’s excellent and egalitarian undergraduate educational system coupled with the difficulty of accessing lab equipment for graduate programs there because of sanctions. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Upholding Trump's Travel Ban, the Supreme Court Harms Scientists," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of life science

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life science was in 1941

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English Language Learners Definition of life science

: an area of science that deals with living things and life processes

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Medical Definition of life science 

: a branch of science (as biology and medicine) that deals with living organisms and life processes usually used in plural

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