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or bi·o·log·ic

[bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l or bahy-uh-loj-ik]
  1. pertaining to biology.
  2. of or relating to the products and operations of applied biology: a biological test.
  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

British Dictionary definitions for biologics


pl n
  1. biological products such as vaccines and therapeutic sera, used to induce immunity to infectious diseases or harmful substances of biological origin


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 biologics



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

biologics in Medicine


  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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