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biological

or bi·o·log·ic

[bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l or bahy-uh-loj-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to biology.
  2. of or relating to the products and operations of applied biology: a biological test.
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noun
  1. Pharmacology. any substance, as a serum or vaccine, derived from animal products or other biological sources and used to treat or prevent disease.
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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
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Examples from the Web for biologic

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot

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

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot


British Dictionary definitions for biologic

biological

archaic biologic

adjective
  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
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noun
  1. (usually plural) a drug, such as a vaccine, that is derived from a living organism
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Derived Formsbiologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biologic

biological

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

biologic in Medicine

biologic

(bī′ə-lŏjĭk)
n.
  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.
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biological

(bī′ə-lŏjĭ-kəl)
adj.
  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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