bionics

noun

bi·​on·​ics bī-ˈä-niks How to pronounce bionics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a science concerned with the application of data about the functioning of biological systems to the solution of engineering problems

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, bionics must not interfere with a soldier’s reintegration into civilian life, so no weird metal stuff sticking out of veterans’ foreheads. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 Dec. 2020 French Defense Minister Florence Parly said there are currently no plans to develop such bionics, but the panel decision does clear the way for their future development. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bionics.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

bi- entry 2 + -onics (as in electronics)

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bionics was in 1960

Dictionary Entries Near bionics

Cite this Entry

“Bionics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bionics. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

bionics

noun

bi·​on·​ics bī-ˈän-iks How to pronounce bionics (audio)
: a branch of science concerned with applying facts about the working of biological systems to the solution of engineering problems

Medical Definition

: a science concerned with the application of data about the functioning of biological systems to the solution of engineering problems

More from Merriam-Webster on bionics

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ