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[bahy-oh-ree-ak-ter] /ˌbaɪ oʊ riˈæk tər/
Biotechnology. a fermentation vat for the production of living organisms, as bacteria or yeast, used in industrial processes such as waste recycling or in the manufacture of drugs or other products.
Origin of bioreactor
1970-75; bio- + reactor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bioreactor
  • Shepherd places a bioreactor inside an incubator where it will be pumped with a growth medium for a few days.
  • The system uses membrane bioreactor technology in conjunction with filtration technology.
  • Unlike animals, the bioreactor-based meat he proposes does not have an immune system.
  • But a leak from a bioreactor could be worse, since bacteria can learn new tricks when you're not looking.
  • The results should shed light on the types of microbes living in the bioreactor and the types of genes that predominate.
  • The image shows a cut-away view of an aerobic bioreactor.
bioreactor in Science
An apparatus, such as a large fermentation chamber, for growing organisms such as bacteria or yeast under controlled conditions. Bioreactors are used in the biotechnological production of substances such as pharmaceuticals, antibodies, or vaccines, or for the bioconversion of organic waste.
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