[ bahy-oh-muh-teer-ee-uh l, bahy-oh-muh-teer- ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ məˈtɪər i əl, ˈbaɪ oʊ məˌtɪər- /


a synthetic material, usually a plastic, suitable for implanting in a living body to repair damaged or diseased parts.

Nearby words

  1. biomagnetism,
  2. biomagnification,
  3. biomagnify,
  4. biomarker,
  5. biomass,
  6. biomathematics,
  7. biome,
  8. biomechanics,
  9. biomedical,
  10. biomedical engineering

Origin of biomaterial

First recorded in 1965–70; bio- + material Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for biomaterial


[ bī′ō-mə-tîrē-əl ]


Material used to construct artificial organs, rehabilitation devices, or prostheses and replace natural body tissues.

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