plural in form but singular or plural in construction
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: the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity

Examples of biometrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, the human in the AVTR concept connects via their heartbeat, using biometrics. Abigail Bassett, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2022 Currently, migrants and people applying for new visas in the UK are encouraged to use an app to submit their biometrics, including scans of their face; to fill out forms online; and to prove their immigration status with sharecodes. Sanjana Varghese, WIRED, 6 Dec. 2022 Two people in Illinois claimed the software illegally took photos from their social media profiles and stored their biometrics in a database. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 1 Dec. 2022 Especially as a result of the pandemic, travelers are seeking faster, contactless methods of identity verification, and companies like CLEAR and Corsight are using biometrics to expedite security checks. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Forty-two percent of respondents believe biometrics are likely to be widely used by 2025. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2022 More recently, a Mastercard survey found that 93% of consumers are willing to try additional emerging payment methods including biometrics, digital currencies and QR codes. Romi Stein, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Evolutionary biology is a progressive science, but the arc of the initial narrative initiated by the fusion of biometrics, Darwinism, and Mendelism, has not concluded. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2013 Genesis has included some rather interesting technology in the car, like the ability to use biometrics to unlock it instead of a key fob, and the suite of advanced driver assistance systems are very effective. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biometrics was in 1902

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“Biometrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biometrics. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

biometrics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
bio·​met·​rics -ˈme-triks How to pronounce biometrics (audio)
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: the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity
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