1. Also called biomedical engineering. the application of engineering principles and techniques to problems in medicine and biology, as the design and production of artificial limbs and organs.
  2. the branch of engineering that deals with applications of biological processes to the manufacture of products, as the use of fermentation to produce beer.

Origin of bioengineering

First recorded in 1960–65; bio- + engineering
Related formsbi·o·en·gi·neer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for bioengineering


  1. the design and manufacture of aids, such as artificial limbs, to rectify defective body functions
  2. the design, manufacture, and maintenance of engineering equipment used in biosynthetic processes, such as fermentation
Derived Formsbioengineer, noun
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bioengineering in Science


  1. See biomedical engineering.
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