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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The use of microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeasts, or biological substances, such as enzymes, to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. Applications include the production of certain drugs, synthetic hormones, and bulk foodstuffs as well as the bioconversion of organic waste and the use of genetically altered bacteria in the cleanup of oil spills.
  • noun The application of the principles of engineering and technology to the life sciences; bioengineering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun same as bioengineering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the use of living organisms (especially microorganisms) in industrial, agricultural, medical and other technological applications
  • noun the application of the principles and practices of engineering and technology to the life sciences

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
  • noun the branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes

Etymologies

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bio- +ā€Ž technology

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