biophysics

[ bahy-oh-fiz-iks ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ɪks /
|

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of biology that applies the methods of physics to the study of biological structures and processes.

Nearby words

  1. biopesticide,
  2. biopharmaceutical,
  3. biopharmaceutics,
  4. biophilia,
  5. biophysicist,
  6. biopic,
  7. biopiracy,
  8. bioplasm,
  9. bioplastic,
  10. biopoiesis

Origin of biophysics

First recorded in 1890–95; bio- + physics

Related formsbi·o·phys·i·cal [bahy-oh-fiz-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ɪ kəl/, adjectivebi·o·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbbi·o·phys·i·cist [bahy-oh-fiz-uh-sist] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈfɪz ə sɪst/, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biophysical



British Dictionary definitions for biophysical

biophysics

/ (ˌbaɪəʊˈfɪzɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the physics of biological processes and the application of methods used in physics to biology
Derived Formsbiophysical, adjectivebiophysically, adverbbiophysicist (ˌbaɪəʊˈfɪzɪsɪst), noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for biophysical

biophysics

[ bī′ō-fĭzĭks ]

n.

The study of biological processes using the theories and tools of physics.
The study of physical processes occurring in living organisms.
Related formsbi′o•physi•cal adj.bi′o•physi•cal•ly adv.bi′o•physi•cist n.


The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science definitions for biophysical

biophysics

[ bī′ō-fĭzĭks ]

The scientific study of biological processes in terms of the laws of physics. Phenomena such as echolocation in bats and the stresses and strains in skeletal and muscular structures are analyzed and explained in biophysics.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for biophysical

biophysics

The study of living things using the techniques of physics.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.