bio·​met·​ric | \ˌbī-ō-ˈme-trik \
variants: or less commonly biometrical \ˌbī-​ō-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl \

Definition of biometric 

: of, relating to, or utilizing biometrics or biometry

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In the next room, officers collect biometric data, including fingerprints and photos. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018 The agency's TSA Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience seeks to bolster security checkpoints with a layer of biometric security. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The TSA Has Released a Plan to Bring Facial Scanning to Every Airport," 16 Oct. 2018 And while its functionality is fairly straightforward, Gate’s founders are already thinking about how to build in biometric authentication—think fingerprints and facial recognition—in the not too distant future. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "App-controlled, video smart lock is like a personal doorman," 8 Oct. 2018 The baseline would be used to see if any abrupt spikes or dips in the biometric data merit a response from Walmart's staff. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart Files Patent For Carts That Track Your Heart Rate," 10 Oct. 2018 With biometric systems, people access services by talking or scanning a part of their body instead of entering a username and password. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "How AI Can Help Stop Cyberattacks," 18 Sep. 2018 The facial biometric entry program was put in place just two days earlier. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biometrics Worked! U.S. Border Patrol Celebrates Success of Early Tech," 24 Aug. 2018 Image: 9to5Mac Though interestingly, rumors of the iPad Pro using Apple’s FaceID biometric authentication system — also seemingly confirmed through iOS 12 beta screens — raises some questions about the icon image’s lack of notch. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple’s next iPad Pro will have tiny bezels, but no notch," 1 Aug. 2018 Interior enforcement The legislation would complete a biometric entry-exit program to help immigration authorities keep track of whether immigrants with temporary visas leave the U.S. when they are supposed to go. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Latest House immigration bill: here's what you need to know about what will be voted on Wednesday," 26 June 2018

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​met·​ric | \-ˈme-trik \
variants: also biometrical \-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl \

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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