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bionic

[bahy-on-ik] /baɪˈɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
Informal. having superhuman strength or capacity.
3.
of or relating to bionics.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; bio- + (electro)nic; cf. bionics
Related forms
bionically, adverb
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  • 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

bionic

/baɪˈɒnɪk/
adjective
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 and History for bionic
adj.

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.

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bionic in Medicine

bionic bi·on·ic (bī-ŏn'ĭk)
adj.

  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

bionic

adjective
  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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