bio·​me·​chan·​ics ˌbī-ō-mə-ˈka-niks How to pronounce biomechanics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the mechanics of biological and especially muscular activity (as in locomotion or exercise)
also : the scientific study of this
biomechanical adjective
biomechanically adverb

Examples of biomechanics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This innovative study of animal biomechanics using robots can help researchers better understand how vertebrate locomotion evolved over time. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Jan. 2023 Some of the first vessels were used to ferment alcohol in Western China around 8,000 years ago, says Robert Dudley, a professor of biomechanics and comparative physiology at the University of California, Berkeley. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 Nils Tack, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University, studies the biomechanics and fluid dynamics of how these little creatures manage the feat. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2022 Pitching labs, which have become popular technology tools for clubs, focus heavily on biomechanics. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 The Grand Ambition Pump from Cole Haan is part of a collection developed with the help of biomechanics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 There are three papers on the physiology of soccer, one on the biomechanics of baseball pitching, and one on Hakan Alfredson’s famous heel-drop protocol for Achilles tendinosis, which squeaks in at 98th place. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 20 Feb. 2021 The three neurosurgeons, all at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, combine in the article their knowledge of Jackson with data on spine biomechanics. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2018 So their best use is as a supplement to a smart, calculated and strategic biomechanics program that’s tailored to you. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 30 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biomechanics was in 1899

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“Biomechanics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
bio·​me·​chan·​ics -mi-ˈkan-iks How to pronounce biomechanics (audio)
: the mechanics of biological and especially musculoskeletal activity (as in locomotion or exercise)
also : the scientific study of such mechanics
biomechanic noun
or biomechanist
biomechanical adjective
also biomechanic
biomechanically adverb

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