or bi·o·log·ic

[bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l or bahy-uh-loj-ik]
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  1. Pharmacology. any substance, as a serum or vaccine, derived from animal products or other biological sources and used to treat or prevent disease.

Origin of biological

First recorded in 1855–60; biolog(y) + -ical
Related formsbi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for biologic

Contemporary Examples of biologic

Historical Examples of biologic

  • You treat her as if she were a rabbit dedicated to the use of a biologic laboratory.

  • It is not merely editors and crowned heads who have a biologic right to say "We."

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson

  • It has been said that the supply of labor is fixed by biologic laws.

  • The doctrine, therefore, has its scope limited only by biologic data.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • This condition is further increased by the operation of two biologic principles.


    Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for biologic


archaic biologic

  1. of or relating to biology
  2. (of a detergent) containing enzymes said to be capable of removing stains of organic origin from items to be washed
  1. (usually plural) a drug, such as a vaccine, that is derived from a living organism
Derived Formsbiologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biologic



1840, from biology + -ical. Biological clock attested from 1955; not especially of human reproductive urges until c.1991. Related: Biologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

biologic in Medicine


  1. A preparation, such as a drug, a vaccine, or an antitoxin, that is synthesized from living organisms or their products and used as a diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic agent.


  1. Of, relating to, caused by, or affecting life or living organisms.
  2. Having to do with biology.
  3. Related by blood, as in a child's biological parents.
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