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biometrics

[bahy-uh-me-triks] /ˌbaɪ əˈmɛ trɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
Biology, Statistics. biostatistics.
2.
biometry (def 1).
3.
the process by which a person's unique physical and other traits are detected and recorded by an electronic device or system as a means of confirming identity:
Scanning of the human iris is a reliable form of biometrics.
Origin of biometrics
1900-1905
1900-05; biometr(y) + -ics
Related forms
biometric, biometrical, adjective
biometrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biometrics
n.

"application of mathematics to biology," 1902, from biometric (also see -ics); slightly earlier in this sense was biometry (1901), which was coined by Whewell and used by him and others with a sense of "calculation of life expectancy" (1831).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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biometrics in Culture

biometrics definition


The measuring and analysis of such physical attributes as facial features and voice or retinal scans. This technology can be used to define an individual's unique identity, often for security purposes.

Note: Software is available that can match faces of individuals videotaped on the street to the picture of a suspected criminal or terrorist in a database. The use of biometrics is likely to increase in the future as security concerns become more of a priority for both governments and corporations following the September 11 attacks (2001).
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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biometrics in Technology
security, hardware
The use of special input devices to analyse some physical parameter assumed to be unique to an individual, in order to confirm their identity as part of an authentication procedure.
Examples include fingerprint scanning, iris recognition, facial recognition, voice recognition (speaker recognition), signature, vascular pattern recognition.
(http://www.findbiometrics.com/Pages/guide2.html).
(2007-02-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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