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 For some visas, countries require biometric appointments. Mohak Nahta, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Starting in late 2020, several Chinese cities began banning neighborhood committees from forcing residents to undergo biometric monitoring to enter their compounds. New York Times, 14 July 2022 The program encompassed the many facets of human medicine, such as medical charting, taking vital signs and understanding biometric testing. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 1 July 2022 That claim may become a matter of dispute, since the warrant for Eastman’s phone explicitly states that Eastman may be asked to willingly provide a password or biometric data, but cannot be forced to provide that information. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 The American military is also logging biometric data, like DNA, of adult male prisoners. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The issue is further complicated by the need to have people who understand human biometric data to process it. Jiang Li, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Forbes explains that the biometric information used to verify passengers’ identity is not permanently stored in a system. Anne Quito, Quartz, 2 July 2022 The applicants do not generally have to provide biometric information or attend an interview. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of biometric

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 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

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