utilizing electronic devices and mechanical parts to assist humans in performing difficult, dangerous, or intricate tasks, as by supplementing or duplicating parts of the body: The scientist used a bionic arm to examine the radioactive material.
Informal. having superhuman strength or capacity.
of or pertaining to bionics.

1955–60; bio- + (electro)nic; cf. bionics

bionically, adverb Unabridged
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bionic (baɪˈɒnɪk)
1.  of or relating to bionics
2.  (in science fiction) having certain physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic equipment: the bionic man

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Word Origin & History

1901, as a term in the study of fossils, from Gk. bios "life" (see bio-) + -onic, from electronic, etc. Meaning "pertaining to bionics" is recorded from 1963. Popular sense of "superhumanly gifted or durable" is from 1976, from popular U.S. television program "The Bionic Man" and its spin-offs.
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bionic bi·on·ic (bī-ŏn'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or developed from bionics.

  2. Having anatomical structures or physiological processes that are replaced or enhanced by electronic or mechanical components.

  3. Having extraordinary strength, powers, or capabilities; superhuman.

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Example sentences
As scientists work to link machine and mind, bionic limbs are gaining many of the capabilities of human ones.
Bionic legs allowing him to run at tremendous speed and make great leaps.
New studies show how such mental maps blur with age and readily extend to
  accommodate bionic limbs.
In an accompanying article, you report how scientists are using their
  intelligence to create a bionic eye.
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