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BIOTECHNOLOGY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does biotechnology mean? 

BIOTECHNOLOGY (noun)
  The noun BIOTECHNOLOGY has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: BIOTECHNOLOGY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BIOTECHNOLOGY (noun)


Sense 1biotechnology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

biotechnology produced genetically altered bacteria that solved the problem

Hypernyms ("biotechnology" is a kind of...):

molecular biology (the branch of biology that studies the structure and activity of macromolecules essential to life (and especially with their genetic role))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "biotechnology"):

bioremediation (the branch of biotechnology that uses biological process to overcome environmental problems)

gene-splicing; genetic engineering; recombinant DNA technology (the technology of preparing recombinant DNA in vitro by cutting up DNA molecules and splicing together fragments from more than one organism)


Sense 2biotechnology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

bioengineering; ergonomics; biotechnology

Hypernyms ("biotechnology" is a kind of...):

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)


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