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[bahy-on-ik] /baɪˈɒn ɪk/
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 relating to bionics.
Origin of bionic
1955-60; bio- + (electro)nic; cf. bionics
Related forms
bionically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bionic
  • As scientists work to link machine and mind, bionic limbs are gaining many of the capabilities of human ones.
  • 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.
  • Users strap on a backpack containing a battery and microprocessor, then bionic legs with motorized joints at the hips and knees.
  • The neural signals they detect might someday control a bionic arm.
  • The world's first commercially available bionic hand took many hands many years to develop.
  • But thanks to incredible breakthroughs, bionic repairs for humans are fast becoming a reality.
  • bionic legs allowing him to run at tremendous speed and make great leaps.
British Dictionary definitions for bionic


of or relating to bionics
(in science fiction) having certain physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic equipment: the bionic man
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Word Origin and History for bionic

1901, as a term in the study of fossils, from Greek. bios "life" (see bio-). 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bionic in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for bionic


  1. Having electromechanical body parts
  2. Having extraordinary strength, powers, or capabilities; superhuman: a ioni appetite

[1900s; fr bio-and electronic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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