biometric

adjective
bio·met·ric | \ˌbī-ō-ˈme-trik \
variants: or less commonly biometrical \ˌbī-ō-ˈme-tri-kəl \

Definition of biometric 

: of, relating to, or utilizing biometrics or biometry

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The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler's identity. Mike Schneider, USA TODAY, "Orlando International Airport to scan faces of U.S. citizens," 21 June 2018 The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler's identity. Mike Schneider, chicagotribune.com, "Orlando airport to become first in nation to require face scans for international flights," 21 June 2018 The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler's identity. CBS News, "Orlando International Airport to scan faces of U.S. citizens, raising privacy concerns," 21 June 2018 Aref had turned in his old voter ID card months ago for the biometric identification card required by the new system. BostonGlobe.com, "Polls close across Iraq in first vote since victory over Islamic State," 12 May 2018 Beside the obvious applications of more precise biometric authentication and better portrait mode for selfies, Vivo’s new sensor could also be used for gesture and motion recognition. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Vivo’s new face ID tech has 10 times as many sensor points as the iPhone X," 27 June 2018 With biometric security, facial images are sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which then compares them with a photo already on file, usually from a passenger’s passport or driver’s license. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Orlando Becomes First Airport to Require Face Scans of All International Travelers," 21 June 2018 In keeping with Google Hardware's need to follow Apple's lead, will the front camera be used for some kind of Face ID-like biometric system? Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch," 31 May 2018 Fingerprints are the oldest and most widely used biometric marker. Rod Mccullom, The Atlantic, "Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints," 13 Apr. 2018

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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biometric

adjective
bio·met·ric | \-ˈme-trik \
variants: also biometrical \-ˈme-tri-kəl \

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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