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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Success of these has turned Ionis into one of the largest life science companies in San Diego County, with a market value exceeding $9 billion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad’s Ionis gets $25M upfront for licensing hepatitis B drugs to GSK," 27 Aug. 2019 According to a new study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, women make up more than half of graduate and post-graduate students in life sciences. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 9/9-9/13," 13 Sep. 2019 The Breakthrough Prizes are meant to honor fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics that are changing the world. Martin Finucane,, "Team that captured stunning first picture of a black hole wins $3 million Breakthrough Prize," 5 Sep. 2019 The campus has become a cog in North San Diego County’s life science, health, engineering and beverage industries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego universities worry about growth, money, violence as fall classes begin," 26 Aug. 2019 All of the students were undergraduates and among their majors are engineering, business, and life sciences, a university official said. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "Nine Chinese Arizona State University students detained at LAX and sent back. ASU demands answers," 5 Sep. 2019 This would seem like a good time for DSM, the Dutch life sciences giant, to expand its sprawling manufacturing complex here. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "With ‘America First’, some foreign companies in the U.S. fear Trump is putting them last," 19 Aug. 2019 NETWORKING Meet biotech professionals Mix with scientists and businesspeople from Boston’s burgeoning biotech scene at this industry summit from life sciences industry organization Cambridge Innovation Institute. Max Jungreis,, "Business agenda," 13 Aug. 2019 The schism between the atmospheric and life sciences that Swann encountered was a holdover from the late 1800s, when the U.S. government proclaimed that planting crops and trees would turn the arid Great Plains wet. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 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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