bi·​om·​e·​try bī-ˈä-mə-trē How to pronounce biometry (audio)
: the statistical analysis of biological observations and phenomena
: measurement (as by ultrasound or MRI) of living tissue or bodily structures
The bases for refractive correction as an aspect of cataract surgery are accurate biometry on the one hand and corneal topography on the other.Emanuel S. Rosen
biometrician noun

Examples of biometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The per capita consumption of alcohol increased during the pandemic more than any time since 1968, according to Dr. Aaron White, the head of the epidemiology and biometry branch at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2024 At the time of writing this text, five states in the U.S. have laws regulating the processing of biometry data such as facial scans. Victor Erukhimov, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The observation may reflect a sea change in how younger Americans view alcohol, Aaron White, chief of epidemiology and biometry at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told ABC News. Byeli Cahan, ABC News, 10 May 2022

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First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biometry was in 1901

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“Biometry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


bi·​om·​e·​try bī-ˈäm-ə-trē How to pronounce biometry (audio)
plural biometries
: the application of mathematical and statistical methods to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data

called also biometrics

: measurement (as by ultrasound or MRI) of living tissue or bodily structures

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