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biopiracy

[ bahy-oh-pahy-ruh-see ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˈpaɪ rə si /
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noun
the commercial exploitation or monopolization of biological or genetic material, as medicinal plant extracts, usually without compensating the Indigenous peoples or countries from which the material or relevant knowledge is obtained.
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Origin of biopiracy

First recorded in 1990–95; bio- + piracy

OTHER WORDS FROM biopiracy

bi·o·pi·rate [bahy-oh-pahy-rit], /ˈbaɪ oʊˌpaɪ rɪt/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for biopiracy

biopiracy
/ (ˈbaɪəʊˌpaɪrəsɪ) /

noun
the use of wild plants by international companies to develop medicines, without recompensing the countries from which they are taken
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