Defining terms in 3D bioprinting

Written by Future Science OA

A new Future Science OA Commentary looks to clarify terms, concepts and definitions for the 3D bioprinting community, written by William G Whitford (GE Healthcare Life Sciences) and James B Hoying (Advanced Solutions Life Sciences). With the rapidly expanding interest in applying 3D printing to medicine, it has become clear that common terms, such as ‘bioprinting’, mean different things to different people — for example, does the bio- prefix mean the resulting material is biocompatible, or that it is biological in nature? In a bid to ensure these terms are standardized and do not result in confusion in both the...

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