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[bahy-oh-mi-kan-iks] /ˌbaɪ oʊ mɪˈkæn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of the action of external and internal forces on the living body, especially on the skeletal system.
  2. the development of prostheses.
Biology. the study of the mechanical nature of biological processes, as heart action and muscle movement.
Origin of biomechanics
First recorded in 1930-35; bio- + mechanics
Related forms
biomechanical, adjective
biomechanically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for biomechanics


(functioning as sing) the study of the mechanics of the movement of living organisms
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Word Origin and History for biomechanics

also bio-mechanics, 1933, "study of the action of forces on the body," from bio- + mechanic (also see -ics). Earlier (1924) as a term in Russian theater, from Russian biomekhanika (1921).

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biomechanics in Medicine

biomechanics bi·o·me·chan·ics (bī'ō-mĭ-kān'ĭks)

  1. The study of the mechanics of a living body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure.

  2. The mechanics of a part or function of a living body, such as of the heart or of locomotion.

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biomechanics in Science
The scientific study of the role of mechanics in biological systems. The study of biomechanics includes the analysis of motion in animals, the fluid dynamics of blood, and the role of mechanical processes in the development of disease.
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