[ bahy-oh-en-juh-neer-ing ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər ɪŋ /


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.
the branch of engineering that deals with applications of biological processes to the manufacture of products, as the use of fermentation to produce beer.


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Origin of bioengineering

First recorded in 1960–65; bio- + engineering

OTHER WORDS FROM bioengineering

bi·o·en·gi·neer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bioengineering

/ (ˌbaɪəʊˌɛndʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ) /


the design and manufacture of aids, such as artificial limbs, to rectify defective body functions
the design, manufacture, and maintenance of engineering equipment used in biosynthetic processes, such as fermentation

Derived forms of bioengineering

bioengineer, noun
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Scientific definitions for bioengineering

[ bī′ō-ĕn′jə-nîrĭng ]

See biomedical engineering.
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