bioethics [ bahy-oh- eth-iks ] SHOW IPA / ˌbaɪ oʊˈɛθ ɪks / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun ( used with a singular verb) a field of study concerned with the ethics and philosophical implications of certain biological and medical procedures, technologies, and treatments, as organ transplants, genetic engineering, and care of the terminally ill. Nearby words bioengineering
biofog Origin of bioethics
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ethics Related forms bi·o·eth·i·cal, adjective bi·o·eth·i·cist , [bahy-oh- eth- uh-sist] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈɛθ ə sɪst/ noun
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Examples from the Web for bioethics British Dictionary definitions for bioethics noun (functioning as singular) the study of ethical problems arising from biological research and its applications in such fields as organ transplantation, genetic engineering, or artificial insemination Derived Forms bioethical, adjective bioethicist ( ˌbaɪəʊˈɛθɪsɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for bioethics n.
bio-ethics, coined 1970 by U.S. biochemist Van Rensselaer Potter II (1911-2001), who defined it as "Biology combined with diverse humanistic knowledge forging a science that sets a system of medical and environmental priorities for acceptable survival." From bio- + ethics.
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Medicine definitions for bioethics n. The study of the ethical and moral implications of new biological discoveries and biomedical advances, as in the fields of genetic engineering and drug research.
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Science definitions for bioethics The study of the ethical and moral implications of medical research and practice.
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Culture definitions for bioethics
The application of
ethics to the science and practice of biology, especially as modern science is applied to human life and reproduction. Note
With the advent of cloning and research on
embryonic stem cells
, bioethics has become an important branch of scientific inquiry.
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