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bioprospecting

Syllabification: bi·o·pros·pect·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌbīōˈpräspektiNG
 
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Definition of bioprospecting in English:

noun

The search for plant and animal species from which medicinal drugs and other commercially valuable compounds can be obtained.
Example sentences
  • Many pharmaceutical companies are currently engaged in bioprospecting, which consists of testing plant species for potentially useful compounds, sometimes signing agreements with national governments for permission.
  • While traditional communities worldwide struggle to catch up with the implications of bioprospecting and biopiracy, technological advances are further removing them from the equation.
  • Most people believe that bioprospecting is limited to pharmaceuticals, but it isn't.

Origin

1990s: from bio(diversity) prospecting.

Derivatives

bioprospector

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈpräspektər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Today bioprospectors working for biotech firms, pharmaceutical and agribusiness giants are off to the far corners of the earth hoping to come back with the goods.
  • Critics contend, however, that in negotiations between bioprospectors and local people - especially indigenous groups the playing field is far from level.
  • There were bioprospectors among us in Kamchatka.

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