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ergonomics

[ur-guh-nom-iks] /ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; ergo- + -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),
adjective
ergonomically, adverb
ergonomist
[ur-gon-uh-mist] /ɜrˈgɒn ə mɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
Usage note
See -ics.
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British Dictionary definitions for ergonomist

ergonomics

/ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks/
noun
1.
(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 ergonomist

ergonomics

n.

"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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ergonomist in Medicine

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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ergonomist in Science
ergonomics
  (ûr'gə-nŏm'ĭks)   
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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ergonomist 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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