[ ur-guh-nom-iks ]
/ ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
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Origin of ergonomics
1945–50; ergo-1 + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.
grammar notes for ergonomics
OTHER WORDS FROM ergonomicser·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
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British Dictionary definitions for ergonomics
/ (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks) /
(functioning as singular) the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they useAlso called: biotechnology
Derived forms of ergonomicsergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst), noun
Word Origin for ergonomics
C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco) nomics
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Scientific definitions for ergonomics
[ ûr′gə-nŏm′ĭks ]
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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Cultural definitions for 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.
notes for ergonomics
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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