[ ur-guh-nom-iks ]
/ ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Nearby words

  1. ergographic,
  2. ergometer,
  3. ergometric,
  4. ergonometric,
  5. ergonomic,
  6. ergonomist,
  7. ergonovine,
  8. ergophobia,
  9. ergosterol,
  10. ergot

Origin of ergonomics

1945–50; ergo-1 + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.

Related formser·go·nom·ic, er·go·no·met·ric [ur-guh-nuh-me-trik] /ˌɜr gə nəˈmɛ trɪk/, adjectiveer·go·nom·i·cal·ly, adverber·gon·o·mist [ur-gon-uh-mist] /ɜrˈgɒn ə mɪst/, noun

Usage note

See -ics. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ergonomic

  • Two of them -- Severe Haircut woman and utility belt man -- looked at me from their ergonomic super-chairs.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for ergonomic


/ (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪk) /


of or relating to ergonomics
designed to minimize physical effort and discomfort, and hence maximize efficiency


/ (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they useAlso called: biotechnology
Derived Formsergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst), noun

Word Origin for ergonomics

C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco) nomics

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Word Origin and History for ergonomic



"scientific study of the efficiency of people in the workplace," coined 1950 from Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + second element of economics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ergonomic


[ ûr′gə-nŏmĭks ]


The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.

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Science definitions for ergonomic


[ ûr′gə-nŏmĭks ]

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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Culture definitions for ergonomic


[ (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.


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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