ergonomist

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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