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bionics

[bahy-on-iks] /baɪˈɒn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of how humans and animals perform certain tasks and solve certain problems, and of the application of the findings to the design of electronic devices and mechanical parts.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; bio(logy) + (electro)nics
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British Dictionary definitions for bionics

bionics

/baɪˈɒnɪks/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the study of certain biological functions, esp those relating to the brain, that are applicable to the development of electronic equipment, such as computer hardware, designed to operate in a similar manner
2.
the technique of replacing a limb or body part by an artificial limb or part that is electronically or mechanically powered
Word Origin
C20: from bio- + (electr)onics
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Word Origin and History for bionics
n.

1959, from bio- + second element from electronic; also see -ics.

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bionics in Medicine

bionics bi·on·ics (bī-ŏn'ĭks)
n.
The science of biological functions and mechanisms as analogous to electronics, using knowledge of human and other animal systems to devise improvements in various machines, especially computers.

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bionics in Science
bionics
  (bī-ŏn'ĭks)   
The use of a system or design found in nature, such as the ability of plants to store solar energy or the aerodynamic design of bird wings, as a model for designing machines and other artificial systems.
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Encyclopedia Article for bionics

science of constructing artificial systems that have some of the characteristics of living systems. Bionics is not a specialized science but an interscience discipline; it may be compared with cybernetics. Bionics and cybernetics have been called the two sides of the same coin. Both use models of living systems, bionics in order to find new ideas for useful artificial machines and systems, cybernetics to seek the explanation of living beings' behaviour.

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