This immensely valuable book provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, and up-to-date glossary of technical and scientific terms used in the fields of bioengineering and biotechnology, including terms used in agricultural sciences. The volume also includes terms for plants, animals, and humans, making it a unique, complete, and easily accessible reference.
Scientific and Technical Terms in Bioengineering and Biological Engineering opens with an introduction to bioengineering and biotechnology and presents an informative timeline covering the important developments and events in the fields, dating from 7000 AD to the present, and it even makes predictions for developments up the year 2050.
From ab initio gene prediction to zymogen and from agrobacterium to zoonosis, this volume provides concise definitions for over 5400 specialized terms peculiar to the fields of bioengineering and biotechnology, including agricultural sciences.
The use of consistent terminology is critical in presenting clear and meaningful information, and this helpful reference manual will be essential for graduate and undergraduate students of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, nursing, and medicine and health sciences as well as for professionals who work with medicine and health sciences.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jesús Manuel Román Vélez, MD
Foreword by Taranjit Singh, MD, DHMS
Bioengineering and Biotechnology: An Overview
Timelines of Important Discoveries and Developments in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Glossary of Technical Terms: Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as "Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century" by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received many prestigious awards, including being recognized as one of the experts "who rendered meritorious service for the development of [the] irrigation sector in India" by the Water Technology Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and textbooks and has edited over 25 books. He received his BSc degree in engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc and PhD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.
“This book fills the urgent need of a concise but comprehensive source for critically important terminology in the field of biomedical engineering. I expect it to become an indispensable table reference for all biotechnology and bioengineering researchers, educators, and students.”
—Anthony J McGoron, PhD, Professor at Florida International University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Miami, Florida
“This reference book is a ‘must have’ for all users in bioengineering and biotechnology. Simple to complex definitions and meanings are included in this book. The definitions of the terms are clear, concise, and understandable. Sometimes I felt I knew the definition of a certain word, but reading the term gave a clearer and more definite understanding to me. The author, Dr. Goyal, has done a phenomenal job making the definitions understandable.”
—Professor Raj Bansal, Piscataway School, New Jersey; Private Consultant in English Language
“This reference book is definitely appealing to the health sciences and engineering communities. It alleviates the drudgery to know the meaning of technical terms in bioengineering and biotechnology. I recommend it for every library and for educational institutes and government/private agencies who work in this area.”
—Jesus M Roman-Velez, MD, Practicing Physician, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Mechanics, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
“The authors have diligently described the technical terms in bioengineering and biotechnology and have included a chapter on the timeline for these focus areas. They have also included selected illustrations to describe specific terms. The authors have done an extraordinary job of compiling the technical terms.”
—Taranjit Singh, MD, DHMS., Private Practicing Family Physician, Near Telephone Exchange
Dhuri, Punjab, India
“Informative, user-friendly, and easy to read. The book introduces technical terms in bioengineering and biotechnology in nontechnical language.”
—Miguel A Muñoz, PhD, Ex-President of University of Puerto Rico, USA