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[bahy-uh-me-trik] /ˌbaɪ əˈmɛ trɪk/
pertaining to biometry.
pertaining to, noting, or using a person's unique physical and other traits for the purposes of identification and security: a biometric system; biometric readers;
a biometric passport. Unabridged
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  • It's a biometric identifier, like fingerprints or retina-scans, but it's got a lot more "collisions" than either of those.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • A biometric "collision" is when a measurement matches more than one person.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • In the text I have availed myself of biometric, genetic and other results impartially.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • With the progress of Mendelian research, biometric methods must be supplemented with pedigree studies.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for biometric


  1. relating to the analysis of biological data using mathematical and statistical methods
  2. relating to digital scanning of the physiological or behavioural characteristics of individuals as a means of identification: biometric fingerprinting
relating to the statistical calculation of the probable duration of human life
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Word Origin and History for biometric

1888, from bio- + -metric.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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