ergonomics

[ur-guh-nom-iks]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Origin:
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


See -ics.
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ergonomics (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks)
 
n
(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]
 
ergonomist
 
n

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ergonomics
"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)
n.
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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ergonomics definition


The study of the design and arrangement of equipment so that people will interact with the equipment in healthy, comfortable, and efficient manner. As related to computer equipment, ergonomics is concerned with such factors as the physical design of the keyboard, screens, and related hardware, and the manner in which people interact with these hardware devices.
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Example sentences
Because it is based on human ergonomics, which will never change, only mold through time and the evolution of humans.
Croppers aside, skiers do win hands down in all other aspects of ergonomics.
It means keeping in mind wire management and ergonomics.
The test of posture had nothing to do with ergonomics.
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