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[ur-guh-graf, -grahf] /ˈɜr gəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
an instrument that records the amount of work done when a muscle contracts.
Origin of ergograph
1890-95; ergo-1 + -graph
Related forms
[ur-guh-graf-ik] /ˌɜr gəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • ergograph observations show that signs of muscular fatigue appear and disappear without any obvious physical reason.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Féré's experiments with the dynamometer and the ergograph have greatly contributed to illustrate the stimulating effects of odors.

  • Then we shall hear at summer resorts and fairs, "Your ergograph on a postal card, three for a quarter."

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • We can step inside, harness our middle finger to the ergograph, lift it up and down forty-five times in ninety seconds, and lo!

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for ergograph


/ˈɜːɡəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
an instrument that measures and records the amount of work a muscle does during contraction, its rate of fatigue, etc
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ergograph in Medicine

ergograph er·go·graph (ûr'gə-grāf')
A device for measuring the work capacity of a muscle or group of muscles during contraction.

er'go·graph'ic adj.
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