bioethics also bio-ethics, coined 1970 by U.S. biochemist Van Rensselaer Potter II (1911-2001), who defined it as "Biology combined with diverse humanistic knowledge forging a science that sets a system of medical and environmental priorities for acceptable survival." From BIO- (Cf. bio-) + ETHICS (Cf. ethics).

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  • bioethics — plural noun [treated as sing.] the ethics of medical and biological research. Derivatives bioethical adjective bioethicist noun …   English new terms dictionary

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