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ergonomics

[ 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

See -ics.

OTHER WORDS FROM ergonomics

er·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

ergonomics
/ (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks) /

noun

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

Derived forms of ergonomics

ergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst), noun

Word Origin for ergonomics

C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco) nomics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for ergonomics

ergonomics
[ ûr′gə-nŏmĭks ]

n.

The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for ergonomics

ergonomics
[ 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for ergonomics

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.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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