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biotechnology bi·o·tech·nol·o·gy (bī'ō-těk-nŏl'ə-jē)

  1. 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.

  2. The application of the principles of engineering and technology to the life sciences.

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