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Pronunciation: bī′ō-kom-pat′i-bil′i-tē

Definition: The relative ability of a nonorganic material to interact favorably with a biologic system. The degree of biocompatibility depends on a material's chemical stability over time, tendency to cause inflammation, incite disease, or become carciniogenic.

[bio- + compatibility]

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