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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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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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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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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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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Example sentences
Unfortunately, the qwerty keyboard is not ergonomically suited to the smaller
Premium suites add in ergonomically designed work areas.
Rubberized ergonomically designed housing withstands vibration and shocks.
It is ergonomically shaped to fit the human hand, with a non-slip surface.
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