bio·​met·​ric | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈme-trik How to pronounce biometric (audio) \
variants: or less commonly biometrical \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce biometrical (audio) \

Definition of biometric

: of, relating to, or utilizing biometrics or biometry

Examples of biometric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Yaszek said, there’s not much precedent for plague stories that also incorporate biometric technologies as gatekeeping apparatuses—but just give it a decade or so. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "The Weird Retro-Futurism of Pandemic Life," 25 June 2020 Illinois, for example, which requires companies to get consent from customers before collecting biometric information. Brian Fung, CNN, "This may be America's first known wrongful arrest involving facial recognition," 24 June 2020 Wearable biometric monitoring devices will allow patients and medical providers to remotely monitor their medical status, allowing for safe medical care at home or in other decentralized care sites. Raphael Rakowski, Scientific American, "A Vision of Healthcare In a Post COVID-19 World," 22 June 2020 Here are three factors that will help you make the best choice when buying a biometric safe. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Biometric Safe," 11 June 2020 For example, Illinois has a rare and expansive law governing the biometric information of consumers. Brian Fung, CNN, "Tech companies push for nationwide facial recognition law. Now comes the hard part," 13 June 2020 That is a key finding of our recent study on a voluntary federal program that provides biometric criminal background checks of front-line care workers such as nurses and health care aides. Anna Amirkhanyan, The Conversation, "Why some nursing homes are better than others at protecting residents and staff from COVID-19," 10 June 2020 Tests of a new generation of products that combine advances in wearable biometric sensors with the immersive—and fun—qualities of virtual-reality gaming have increasingly demonstrated... Todd Feathers, WSJ, "Videogame Technology Could Bring Biofeedback Therapy to the Living Room," 8 June 2020 The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the controversial startup in Illinois, which has strict laws protecting citizens’ biometric data from being used without their consent. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Wharton’s A.I. expert predicts the future of artificial intelligence in business," 2 June 2020

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Biometric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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bio·​met·​ric | \ -ˈme-trik How to pronounce biometric (audio) \
variants: also biometrical \ -​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce biometrical (audio) \

Medical Definition of biometric

1 : of or relating to biometry the biometric analysis of infant mortality
2 : utilizing biometrics biometric identification : identifying individuals based on the analysis or measurement of unique physical or behavioral characteristics Retina scanners are not the only example of biometric technology, which uses machines to identify people by their physical characteristics …Discover, February 1990

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