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

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From 2017, the Chinese government began to collect DNA and biometric data from millions of local residents. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese government loads surveillance app onto phones of visitors to Xinjiang: report," 3 July 2019 The Type 20 includes biometric security via a 720p camera located in the driver’s door, which can recognize your face and unlock the door. Jon Porter, The Verge, "VW’s Type 20 is an electrified dream of its iconic campervan," 3 July 2019 The fire took place Monday while crew on the craft, described as a deep underwater vessel, was conducting biometric measurements in Russian waters near the Severomorsk base in the Barents Sea. Anchorage Daily News, "Fire on Russian submersible vessel kills at least 14 sailors," 2 July 2019 No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. Time Staff, Time, "Here's What the Candidates Said During Thursday's Dramatic Democratic Presidential Debate," 29 June 2019 No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. Kyle Smith, National Review, "All Joe Biden Had to Do Was Look Moderate, and He Blew It," 28 June 2019 The company’s wellness program offers biometric screenings, premium discounts and one-on-one health and weight-loss telephone and online coaching. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Ranking of the 2019 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona: Large Company Category," 13 June 2019 The critics say the technology has great potential to be abused for surveillance and location-tracking and there are limited restrictions on the dissemination of biometric data, including fingerprints and face scans. Washington Post, "Customs says hack exposed traveler, license plate images," 10 June 2019 In its rush to gather biometric data from travelers in the US, Customs and Border Protection has apparently neglected basic safeguards to protect it. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Hack Brief: Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos," 10 June 2019

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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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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