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[bahy-oh-fiz-iks] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of biology that applies the methods of physics to the study of biological structures and processes.
Origin of biophysics
First recorded in 1890-95; bio- + physics
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[bahy-oh-fiz-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
biophysically, adverb
[bahy-oh-fiz-uh-sist] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ə sɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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(functioning as sing) the physics of biological processes and the application of methods used in physics to biology
Derived Forms
biophysical, adjective
biophysically, adverb
biophysicist (ˌbaɪəʊˈfɪzɪsɪst) noun
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biophysics in Medicine

biophysics bi·o·phys·ics (bī'ō-fĭz'ĭks)

  1. The study of biological processes using the theories and tools of physics.

  2. The study of physical processes occurring in living organisms.

bi'o·phys'i·cal adj.
bi'o·phys'i·cal·ly adv.
bi'o·phys'i·cist n.
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biophysics in Science
The scientific study of biological processes in terms of the laws of physics. Phenomena such as echolocation in bats and the stresses and strains in skeletal and muscular structures are analyzed and explained in biophysics.
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biophysics in Culture

biophysics definition

The study of living things using the techniques of physics.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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