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Biomimetic

compounding adjective
refers to technologies that imitate biological and biochemical processes
 
This term has become more popular lately as the field has gained interest. It is an accepted term for formal usage, and can be used in a published paper. It is a specific word and used mostly by scientists in synthetic biology or organic chemistry. It is used for projects where the goal is to develop a technology that imitates the way something is produced in nature, and so it has gained traction as synthetic biology has risen in prominence.
Etymology : The word biomimetics was coined by Otto Schmidt in the 1950s. It first appeared in the title of one of his papers in 1969. It comes from the addition of the root “bio” which means life to the word mimetics. Mimetics comes from the Greek “mimetikos” which means “imitative.” This word originally comes from mimos “imitator.” The origin of this word appears unclear. Bio comes from the Green bios, “life, biology” from the PIE root “gwei” which means life. It had the specific biological use from its creation. It originally was in competition with the word “bionics” which started out with the same meaning, but then shifted meaning, leaving biomimetics as the main word to represent this definition.
Source : “A Biomimetic Synthesis Elucidates the Origin of Preuisolactone A”
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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