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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of biology that applies the methods of physics to the study of biological structures and processes.
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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
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Examples from the Web for biophysical

Historical Examples

  • The biophysical system within which this projection took and takes place underwent and still undergoes major changes.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • They are reflected in the biophysical reality of the human being itself.

British Dictionary definitions for biophysical


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


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


  1. 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.
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biophysical in Culture


The study of living things using the techniques of physics.

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