the science dealing with the chemistry of living matter.
the chemistry of living matter.

Origin of biochemistry

First recorded in 1880–85; bio- + chemistry
Related formsbi·o·chem·i·cal [bahy-oh-kem-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈkɛm ɪ kəl/, adjective, nounbi·o·chem·ic, adjectivebi·o·chem·i·cal·ly, adverbbi·o·chem·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biochemist

Historical Examples of biochemist

  • However, I think this is more in the line of a physicist or a biochemist.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • How can a biochemist, rather than a policeman, stop the Syndicate?


    Arthur Porges

  • This is a pitiful admission for a biochemist to make—DNA should be the cornerstone of his life.

    Card Trick

    Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett

  • The biochemist is bound to put life in the category of the material forces because his science can deal with no other.

    The Breath of Life

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for biochemist



the study of the chemical compounds, reactions, etc, occurring in living organisms
Derived Formsbiochemical, adjectivebiochemically, adverbbiochemist, noun
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Word Origin and History for biochemist

also bio-chemist, 1897; see bio- + chemist.



also bio-chemistry, 1857, from bio- + chemistry.

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biochemist in Medicine




The study of the chemical substances and vital processes occurring in living organisms.
The chemical composition of a particular living system or biological substance.
Related formsbi′o•chemi•cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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biochemist in Science



The scientific study of the chemical composition of living matter and of the chemical processes that go on in living organisms.
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biochemist in Culture


The study of the structure and interactions of the complex organic molecules (see also organic molecule) found in living systems.

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