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nanobot

[nan-uh-bot] /ˈnæn əˌbɒt/
noun
1.
a machine or robot built on the nanoscale, still in the research-and-development stage, with potential applications in medicine and industry.
2.
a machine or robot that can manipulate nanoscale objects with great precision.
Also called nanorobot [nan-uh-roh-buh t, -bot] /ˈnæn əˌroʊ bət, -bɒt/ (Show IPA), nanite, nanomachine.
Origin
1990-1995
1990-95; nano- + (ro)bot
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Contemporary definitions for nanobot
noun

a microscopic robot used in nanotechnology, a nano-robot; an extremely small autonomous self-propelled machine that may reproduce

Word Origin

1989

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nanobot in Technology

robotics
/nan"oh-bot/ A robot of microscopic proportions, presumably built by means of nanotechnology. As yet, only used informally (and speculatively!). Also called a "nanoagent".
[Jargon File]
(1999-07-19)

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