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[ur-guh-nom-iks] /ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of ergonomics
1945-50; ergo-1 + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.
Related forms
ergonomic, ergonometric
[ur-guh-nuh-me-trik] /ˌɜr gə nəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
ergonomically, adverb
[ur-gon-uh-mist] /ɜrˈgɒn ə mɪst/ (Show IPA),
Usage note
See -ics. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ergonomically
  • Unfortunately, the qwerty keyboard is not ergonomically suited to the smaller primates.
  • Premium suites add in ergonomically designed work areas.
  • Bathrooms in all categories were conceived to be ergonomically-friendly, spacious and with plenty of storage.
  • Rubberized ergonomically designed housing withstands vibration and shocks.
  • It is ergonomically shaped to fit the human hand, with a non-slip surface.
  • They are ergonomically designed and flexible enough to allow for several different cubicle configurations.
  • Quick and easy to put on and take off and ergonomically designed for comfort.
  • Finding an adjustable, ergonomically correct desk chair is essential, but often expensive.
  • Few studies have been conducted on ergonomically designed furniture or equipment, or on frequent rest breaks.
  • It is worth noting again that keyboards are only one aspect of an ergonomically sound workplace.
British Dictionary definitions for ergonomically


(functioning as sing) the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they use Also called biotechnology
Derived Forms
ergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst) noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco)nomics
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Word Origin and History for ergonomically



"scientific study of the efficiency of people in the workplace," coined 1950 from Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + second element of economics.

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ergonomically in Medicine

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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ergonomically in Science
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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ergonomically in Culture
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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