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[bahy-oh-en-juh-neer-ing] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər ɪŋ/
Also called biomedical engineering. the application of engineering principles and techniques to problems in medicine and biology, as the design and production of artificial limbs and organs.
the branch of engineering that deals with applications of biological processes to the manufacture of products, as the use of fermentation to produce beer.
Origin of bioengineering
1960-65; bio- + engineering
Related forms
bioengineer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bioengineering
  • But here, too, bioengineering and genetic enhancement threaten to dislodge it.
  • The food crisis is also engineered by bioengineering and chemical poisoning of the environment.
  • The pipeline linking ecological discovery to bioengineering insight.
  • bioengineering could lessen the negative impact of biofuels.
  • Difficult as it may still be, garage-lab bioengineering is getting easier every year.
  • bioengineering applies engineering principles to the full spectrum of living systems.
  • bioengineering is the science upon which all biotechnological applications are based.
British Dictionary definitions for bioengineering


the design and manufacture of aids, such as artificial limbs, to rectify defective body functions
the design, manufacture, and maintenance of engineering equipment used in biosynthetic processes, such as fermentation
Derived Forms
bioengineer, noun
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bioengineering in Science
See biomedical engineering.
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