Definition of biotechnology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɪə(ʊ)tɛkˈnɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.
Example sentences
  • As you can see, biotechnology is a growth industry no student can afford to ignore.
  • Advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering are making it easier to manufacture and handle other agents.
  • Out of the knowledge acquired by modern biology, modern biotechnology is growing.



Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɪəʊtɛknəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • This, followed by the discovery of restriction enzymes by Werner Arber in the 1960's, has paved the way for many biotechnological procedures such as recombinant DNA technology.
  • These important polysaccharides are used in the food, textile, paint, biotechnological and biomedical industries and have a global value of approximately €580 million.
  • The molecular weights commonly used for biomedical and biotechnological applications range from a few hundred to approximately 20000.


Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɪəʊtɛkˈnɒlədʒɪst/
Example sentences
  • But by then, the biotechnologists will probably be growing spare limbs in the laboratory.
  • Russian biotechnologist Dr Slava Pavlovets founded Yorkshire Bioscience, in the York Science Park, earlier this year with the aim of developing kits to speed up the diagnosis of Sars and avian flu using DNA technology.
  • With genetic engineering, biotechnologists take cells that were produced with normal reproduction methods and randomly insert foreign genetic material into them.

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