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ergonomics

[ur-guh-nom-iks] /ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; ergo- + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.
Related forms
ergonomic, ergonometric
[ur-guh-nuh-me-trik] /ˌɜr gə nəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ergonomically, adverb
ergonomist
[ur-gon-uh-mist] /ɜrˈgɒn ə mɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
Usage note
See -ics.
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Examples from the web for ergonomic
  • We can fix these burning, aching, dried out sensations one ergonomic workstation at a time.
  • Leather cushions take the edge off the ergonomic horror.
  • Of course, there would be significant engineering and ergonomic challenges to making this work.
  • The company said customers would enjoy the handset's ergonomic design.
  • The latest version reproduces the original ergonomic shape.
  • Snowboarders do hold one, if small, ergonomic advantage over skiers.
  • Freeman provided ergonomic insight on what is required for a fluid drink-making process.
  • The world is full of beautifully designed ergonomic chairs.
  • Results are mixed on whether ergonomic measures prevent musculoskeletal pain.
  • ergonomic desks included built-in telephones and special compartments for files and office machines.
British Dictionary definitions for ergonomic

ergonomic

/ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ergonomics
2.
designed to minimize physical effort and discomfort, and hence maximize efficiency

ergonomics

/ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they use Also called biotechnology
Derived Forms
ergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst) noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco)nomics
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Word Origin and History for ergonomic

ergonomics

n.

"scientific study of the efficiency of people in the workplace," coined 1950 from Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + second element of economics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ergonomic in Medicine

ergonomics er·go·nom·ics (ûr'gə-nŏm'ĭks)
n.
The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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ergonomic in Science
ergonomics
  (ûr'gə-nŏm'ĭks)   
The scientific study of equipment design, as in office furniture or transportation seating, for the purpose of improving efficiency, comfort, or safety.
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ergonomic in Culture
ergonomics [(ur-guh-nom-iks)]

The technology concerned with the design, manufacture, and arrangement of products and environments to be safe, healthy, and comfortable for human beings.

Note: The term is most often encountered in discussions of the design of furniture, tools, and other things built to be used by humans.
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ergonomic in Technology


Concerning ergonomics or exhibitting good ergonimics.
(1995-04-14)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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