Definition of bioreactor in US English:

bioreactor

noun

  • An apparatus in which a biological reaction or process is carried out, especially on an industrial scale.

    • ‘After about 48 hours, the researchers empty the bioreactors and process and freeze the yeasts for field tests.’
    • ‘In addition, important advances have been made in recent years in the application of large-scale bioreactors that can produce somatic embryos in liquid media.’
    • ‘I normally use these parts for special prototypes of filters and bioreactors, and dedicated extracorporeal tubing sets.’
    • ‘In these areas, they're using both tissue culture flasks and custom made bioreactors to simulate, on a small-scale, how cells will behave in the human body.’
    • ‘The sand bioreactors described in this bulletin are intended for domestic sewage following primary treatment.’
    • ‘The technology used in cloning goats could eventually be used not only to improve features of livestock but also to create genetically modified livestock as bioreactors for clinical medicines.’
    • ‘To get around this problem, the researchers turned to a system with two separate bioreactors, one to process the food scraps and the other to turn the resulting acids into plastics.’
    • ‘Sand bioreactors by themselves do not filter out disease causing organisms.’
    • ‘In fact, what will occur is the small-scale stuff with conditions around it in the field of ‘biopharming’, biotechnology, and bioreactors, etc.’
    • ‘Moreover, the cell can be seen as a small bioreactor in which the mitochondria, the centres of respiration, ‘live’ in a natural and physiologically optimal environment.’
    • ‘We are attempting to scale up and to introduce nutrients by creating a special bioreactor to have live in cells in good bulk to be able to do first animal experiments and then human clinical trials.’
    • ‘A membrane bioreactor consists of some biological item or items in association with a membrane.’
    • ‘These cells cannot swim, so when grown in bioreactors, they must be supplied with nutrients and dissolved gases through constant mixing.’
    • ‘In addition, weeds tend to grow on open sand bioreactors which can become an eyesore, and provide a protected, moist place for animals to inhabit.’
    • ‘Bringing air into the bottom of the bioreactor promotes aerobic conditions.’
    • ‘The project is designed to develop the chicken into a pharmaceutical bioreactor, one that can meet the growing need for protein-based human therapeutics.’
    • ‘This is an important fail-safe feature of sand bioreactors that acts to protect the receiving environment from poorly treated wastewater.’
    • ‘They have done this by placing tissue cultures in rotating vessels called bioreactors where the centrifuge effect cancels out the force of gravity.’
    • ‘A bioreactor is a key element of cardiovascular tissue engineering technologies.’
    • ‘Using a bioreactor, a device commonly used in laboratories on Earth but specially adapted for use in space, the team wants to investigate the factors that make human cells grow in three dimensions.’

Pronunciation

bioreactor

/ˌbīōrēˈaktər/