|1.||(in industry) the technique of using microorganisms, such as bacteria, to perform chemical processing, such as waste recycling, or to produce other materials, such as beer and wine, cheese, antibiotics, and (using genetic engineering) hormones, vaccines, etc|
|2.||another name for ergonomics|
biotechnology bi·o·tech·nol·o·gy (bī'ō-těk-nŏl'ə-jē)
The use of microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeasts, or biological substances, such as enzymes, to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. Applications include production of certain drugs, synthetic hormones, and bulk foodstuffs.
The application of the principles of engineering and technology to the life sciences.
|biotechnology (bī'ō-těk-nŏl'ə-jē) Pronunciation Key