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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In other words, your bank may still encourage you to use WebAuthn biometric identification with a password for even better security than what’s available today. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 Across the country, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are adding their voices to biometric databases set up by state correctional organizations under coercion from their prison. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 Clear, a biometric technology company, is now in more than 25 U.S. airports and has partnered with Hertz to speed up car rental pickup and with Delta for quick entry to its airport lounges with a thumbprint ID. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Not much has changed with either: the trackpad is still responsive and great for Windows-specific gestures, while the fingerprint reader complements the IR camera to give users two Windows Hello biometric authentication options. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, banking and payment apps are starting to request biometric data including fingerprints, voice recordings, or facial recognition. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 But with the growing prevalence of biometric data, privacy concerns will continue to bubble, too. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Does Amazon Rekognition contain a mechanism for automatically deleting unused biometric data? Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Congress: Amazon didn’t give “sufficient answers” about facial recognition," 29 Nov. 2018 Still, biometric security is spreading like wildfire at airports around the world. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hertz plans slightly speedier rentals using facial recognition and fingerprints," 11 Dec. 2018

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biometric was circa 1893

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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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