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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Ten of the 15 companies funded were life sciences firms. Mike Freeman,, "Mega-deals drive big gains in venture capital funding for San Diego start-ups," 11 Apr. 2018 Presumably, scores of life sciences professionals also checked out PABNAB, but only Strayer-Benton dared to call the group out. Shirley Leung,, "In 2018, there is no excuse for topless dancers at a corporate event," 14 June 2018 Before joining Vertex, Mr. Smith served as a partner in the life science and technology practice at Ernst & Young LLP from 1999 to 2001, according to a regulatory filing. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Vertex Pharmaceuticals Fires Executive for Conduct Violation," 23 Jan. 2019 Trevino, who will graduate in May with both a high school diploma from Pasadena and an associate degree in life sciences from San Jacinto College, is the son of Delia Trevino. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Winners shine at Pasadena High's Emerald Pageant," 28 Jan. 2018 Google parent company Alphabet has a dedicated life sciences research subsidiary called Verily and a life extension effort known as Calico, both of which stand to benefit from easier access to wider health data sets and research results. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 The drugmaker took a €20 million hit in its life science business in the quarter ended June 30, part of which stemmed from the integration of Sigma’s production networks. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Germany’s Merck Boosts Hedges Against Currency Gyrations," 10 Aug. 2018 Daniel founded and runs the Exponential Medicine Conference, which is one of the largest cross-disciplinary gatherings of life science researchers and innovators. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks," 24 July 2018 Laser tweezers are now a laboratory standard in the life sciences. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 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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