- Body of knowledge related to the use of organisms, cells or cell-derived constituents for the purpose of developing products which are technically, scientifically and clinically useful; alteration of biologic function at the molecular level (i.e., genetic engineering) is a central focus.
Definition from: CRISP Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- Applied biological science (as bioengineering or recombinant DNA technology).
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
- A set of biological techniques developed through basic research and now applied to research and product development. In particular, biotechnology refers to the use by industry of recombinant DNA, cell fusion, and new bioprocessing techniques.
Definition from: Human Genome Project Information
at the U.S. Department of Energy
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.