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Biochemistry

/ˌbīōˈkeməstrē/ Noun, pl. biochemistries 1. Deals with the study of the chemical reactions required for life to exist and function, usually a focus on the cellular level. 2. The organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms. 3. The effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry. 4. The study of metabolic pathways and in general, the chemistry of organisms. 5. The scientific study of the chemistry of living cells, tissues, organs and organisms. Syn: biological...

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Biodiversity

/ˌbīōdiˈvərsitē/ Noun, pl. biodiversities 1. The degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or planet. (wikipedia.org) 2. (Biology) The diversity (number and variety of species) of plant and animal life within a region. (wiktionary.org) 3. The existence of a wide range of different types of organisms in a given place at a given time. The diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole); a high level of biodiversity is desirable.Pertaining to the diversity and frequency of organisms in a given area. (biology-online.org) Word origin: bio +...

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Bioengineering

Noun 1. The branch of engineering science in which biological Science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments.A developing science that involves the introduction of inorganic replacements for biological tissues and the general study of how technology can be implemented into biological related areas. (biology-online.org) 2. The study of biology through the means of engineering with an emphasis on applied knowledge and especially related to biotechnology. 3. The application of engineering principles to the fields of biology and medicine, as in the development of aids or replacements for defective or missing body organs. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. ) 4. (Medicine) The design and manufacture of aids, such as artificial limbs, to rectify defective body functions (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003) 5. (Engineering / General Engineering) The design, manufacture, and maintenance of engineering equipment used in biosynthetic processes, such as fermentation (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003) Syn: Biomedical engineering, Genetic...

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Biogeography

Noun 1. The study of the distribution of different species of organisms around the planet and the factors that influenced that distribution. (biology-online.org) 2. The branch of biology concerned with the geographical distribution of plants and animals. (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003) 3. The scientific study of the geographic distribution of plant and animal life. Factors affecting distribution include the geologic history of a region, its climate and soil composition, and the presence or absence of natural barriers like deserts, oceans, and mountains. Biotic factors such as interactions among competing species, coevolutionary influences, and the reproductive and nutritional requirements of populations and species are also studied. A biogeographic region is a large, generally continuous division of the Earth’s surface having a distinctive biotic community. Biogeographic regions are usually defined separately for floral and faunal communities and are largely restricted to the terrestrial areas of the Earth. (The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.) adj., biogeographical adv.,...

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Bioinformatics

Noun (used with singular verb) 1. Information technology as applied to the life sciences, especially the technology used for the collection, storage, and retrieval of genomic data (biology-online.org) 2. The use of computer science, mathematics, and information theory to model and analyze biological systems, especially systems involving genetic material. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. ) 3. A branch of biological science which deals with the study of methods for storing, retrieving and analyzing biological data, such as nucleic acid (DNA/RNA) and protein sequence, structure, function, pathways (neural pathways included) and genetic interactions....

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