[ bahy-om-i-tree ]
/ baɪˈɒm ɪ tri /


the calculation of the probable duration of human life.

Nearby words

  1. biometeorology,
  2. biometer,
  3. biometric,
  4. biometrician,
  5. biometrics,
  6. biomicroscope,
  7. biomicroscopy,
  8. biomimetic,
  9. biomimetics,
  10. biomimicry

Origin of biometry

First recorded in 1825–35; bio- + -metry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biometry

  • It has been often supposed that the methods of the two schools (biometry and Mendelism) are antagonistic.

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Biometry (life measure), the study of biology by statistical methods.

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for biometry


biometrics (ˌbaɪəˈmɛtrɪks)

/ (baɪˈɒmɪtrɪ) /

noun (functioning as singular)

  1. the analysis of biological data using mathematical and statistical methods
  2. the practice of digitally scanning the physiological or behavioural characteristics of individuals as a means of identification
the statistical calculation of the probable duration of human life
Derived Formsbiometrically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for biometry



see biometrics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for biometry


[ bī-ŏmĭ-trē ]


The statistical analysis of biological data.biometrics

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