bio·​met·​ric ˌbī-ō-ˈme-trik How to pronounce biometric (audio)
variants or less commonly biometrical
: of, relating to, or utilizing biometrics or biometry

Examples of biometric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the hands of Chinese police officers, biometric data is a powerful tool for identifying people regarded as potential troublemakers. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 The European Union is working to implement a new Entry/Exit System (EES) to replace passport stamping with the collection of biometric data like face scans and fingerprint scans. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2023 According to the report by the justice IT experts, the biometric data of at least one person was still stored in the facial recognition system at the time of the justice searches. Karen Naundorf, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 Other notable changes state that the company will now collect biometric data as well as users’ job and education history. Bysage Lazzaro, Fortune, 5 Sep. 2023 The company may extract biometric data from both the government ID and the selfie image for matching purposes, the company told CNN in a statement. Brian Fung, CNN, 1 Sep. 2023 The biometric data collection is for X Premium users only, the company told CBS MoneyWatch when reached for further information. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2023 One possibility for using biometric data is enabling passwordless sign-ins. Emma Roth, The Verge, 31 Aug. 2023 Perhaps the photographer felt that there were already better ways to identify the man; Alphonse Bertillon, who, in the eighteen-eighties invented the modern mug shot, conceived of it as just one item in an array of biometric data, including hand size. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biometric was circa 1893

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“Biometric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


bio·​met·​ric -ˈme-trik How to pronounce biometric (audio)
variants also biometrical
: of or relating to biometry
the biometric analysis of infant mortality
: utilizing biometrics
biometric identification
: identifying individuals based on the analysis or measurement of unique physical or behavioral characteristics
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