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 biometric (audio) \

Definition of biometric

: of, relating to, or utilizing biometrics or biometry

Examples of biometric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second level involves physical tokens, email confirmations and SMS codes, while the third level requires biometric data, such as fingerprints and retinal and face scans. Alexey Makarov, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Their belongings were checked for contraband, and they were then taken inside a tent facility, where government personnel checked their case information and collected biometric data. Camilo Montoya-galvez And Sean Gallitz, CBS News, 10 May 2021 The technology involves the usual hodgepodge of biometric measuring data, including recording heart rates and skin temperature as subtle differences begin to take effect. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2021 The plan would have allowed the government to collect additional types of biometric data, such as DNA and voice scans, from immigrants. NBC News, 7 May 2021 Privacy experts have warned against the use by companies of biometric data, such as face or palm scans, because of the risk of it being hacked and stolen. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 Apple’s new M1-powered iMacs debuted on Tuesday with biometric identification in the form of a Touch ID fingerprint reader. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 20 Apr. 2021 Chen also launched a program called Physicals for All, gathering biometric data—blood types, fingerprints, voiceprints, iris patterns—under the guise of medical care. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Outline all areas where biometric data is collected or used. Jonathan Herpy, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of biometric

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Biometric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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