noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

1945–50; ergo- + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.

ergonomic, ergonometric [ur-guh-nuh-me-trik] , adjective
ergonomically, adverb
ergonomist [ur-gon-uh-mist] , noun

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ergonomic (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪk)
1.  of or relating to ergonomics
2.  designed to minimize physical effort and discomfort, and hence maximize efficiency

ergonomics (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks)
(functioning as singular) Also called: biotechnology the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they use
[C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco)nomics]

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Word Origin & History

"scientific study of the efficiency of people in the workplace," coined 1950 from Gk. ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + (ec)onomics.
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Medical Dictionary

ergonomics er·go·nom·ics (ûr'gə-nŏm'ĭks)
The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.

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Science Dictionary
ergonomics   (ûr'gə-nŏm'ĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of equipment design, as in office furniture or transportation seating, for the purpose of improving efficiency, comfort, or safety.
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Cultural Dictionary
ergonomics [(ur-guh-nom-iks)]

The technology concerned with the design, manufacture, and arrangement of products and environments to be safe, healthy, and comfortable for human beings.

Note: The term is most often encountered in discussions of the design of furniture, tools, and other things built to be used by humans.
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Computing Dictionary

ergonomic definition

Concerning ergonomics or exhibitting good ergonimics.

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Example sentences
We can fix these burning, aching, dried out sensations one ergonomic
  workstation at a time.
Leather cushions take the edge off the ergonomic horror.
Of course, there would be significant engineering and ergonomic challenges to
  making this work.
The company said customers would enjoy the handset's ergonomic design.
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