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[bahy-oh-kem-uh-stree] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈkɛm ə stri/
the science dealing with the chemistry of living matter.
the chemistry of living matter.
Origin of biochemistry
1880-85; bio- + chemistry
Related forms
[bahy-oh-kem-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈkɛm ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
biochemic, adjective
biochemically, adverb
biochemist, noun Unabridged
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  • To begin with, the authors are successfully leveraging decades of bacterial genetics and basic biochemistry to do this work.
  • If disease strikes, treatment will be tailored to your unique genetic makeup and biochemistry.
  • Indigenous biochemistry may also have played a role.
  • The candidate must have a broad skill set that includes molecular biology, protein biochemistry, peptide chemistry and biophysics.
  • She aspires to be a veterinarian and has made good grades in her science-heavy coursework as a biochemistry major.
  • His path would be medical school, then a career in biochemistry.
  • It is more variable in seawater because of the complex carbonate chemistry or biochemistry.
  • Materials scientists study the biochemistry, chemistry and physics of metals, plastics and similar stuff.
  • The first containers of life, they suggest, were themselves neither products nor producers of biochemistry.
  • The findings may provide new insights into dinosaur evolution, physiology, and biochemistry.
British Dictionary definitions for biochemistry


the study of the chemical compounds, reactions, etc, occurring in living organisms
Derived Forms
biochemical, adjective
biochemically, adverb
biochemist, noun
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Word Origin and History for biochemistry

also bio-chemistry, 1857, from bio- + chemistry.

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biochemistry in Medicine

biochemistry bi·o·chem·is·try (bī'ō-kěm'ĭ-strē)

  1. The study of the chemical substances and vital processes occurring in living organisms.

  2. The chemical composition of a particular living system or biological substance.

bi'o·chem'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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biochemistry in Science
The scientific study of the chemical composition of living matter and of the chemical processes that go on in living organisms.
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biochemistry in Culture

biochemistry definition

The study of the structure and interactions of the complex organic molecules found in living systems.

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