bi·​on·​ic | \ bī-ˈä-nik How to pronounce bionic (audio) \

Definition of bionic

1 : of or relating to bionics
2 : having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices

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The science of bionics uses knowledge about how biological systems work to help solve engineering problems. The material Velcro, for example, was inspired by the way burrs behave when they stick to your clothes, and some computer chips are now wired in ways that imitate the "wiring" of the brain and nervous system. But in popular use, the adjective bionic almost always describes artificial limbs or other bodily parts that work as much like real ones as possible. A perfect bionic arm would move and function as easily as a real arm—a goal we're rapidly getting closer to.

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Recent Examples on the Web Although bionic noses may still lie far in the future, Chong’s work still represents major progress for the field, Datta says. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 OnePlus’s bionic vision wasn’t the only big story happening in the tech world this week. Popular Science, "The OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone’s infrared camera is accidentally creepy," 16 May 2020 As living sensors, bionic jellyfish would have several advantages over marine robots. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Cyborg Jellyfish Could One Day Explore the Ocean," 29 Jan. 2020 Will bionic limbs provide amputees with durable freedom of movement? Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 The Tallahassee, Florida, girl's family started fundraising for the bionic arm after Isabella saw a video of a little boy with a similar device last summer. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "An 11-year-old 'Star Wars' fan got an R2-D2 bionic arm. Mark Hamill called her a hero," 3 Mar. 2020 Russell Wilson’s third-down scramble to survive the Philadelphia Eagles, Patrick Mahomes’s bionic touchdown run for the Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans, Deshaun Watson of the Texans’ magical escape from a sack to beat the Buffalo Bills. Elena Bergeron, New York Times, "Is the Black Quarterback Revolution Going to Last?," 2 Feb. 2020 So like jellyfish do naturally, these bionic versions might save energy by cruising at normal speed, but use short, high-powered bursts as needed. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)," 29 Jan. 2020 Aidan took it in stride though, and now has a bionic humerus. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Family together, though breaking more than bread," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bionic

1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bionic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bionic

of body parts : made stronger or more capable by special electronic devices


bi·​on·​ic | \ bī-ˈän-ik How to pronounce bionic (audio) \

Medical Definition of bionic

1 : of or relating to bionics
2a : having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices
b : comprising or made up of artificial body parts that enhance or substitute for a natural biological capability a bionic heart

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