elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Definition of electronic

1 : of or relating to electrons
2a : of, relating to, or utilizing devices constructed or working by the methods or principles of electronics electronic fuel injection
b : implemented on or by means of a computer : involving a computer electronic banking
3a : generating musical tones by electronic means an electronic organ
b : of, relating to, or being music that consists of sounds electronically generated or modified
4 : of, relating to, or being a medium (such as television) by which information is transmitted electronically electronic journalism

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Other Words from electronic

electronically \ i-​ˌlek-​ˈträ-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electronic in a Sentence

electronic devices such as televisions and computers Sign up for electronic banking.
Recent Examples on the Web BioVU is the nation’s largest single-site DNA bank linked to electronic health records. Bill Frist, Forbes, "Nashville Is The Health Services Capital – Here's Why This Explosively Growing Region Is More Than Music City USA," 12 Apr. 2021 Microsoft and Nuance have collaborated since 2019 on technologies to do things like allow doctors to capture voice conversations from patient visits and enter the data into electronic medical records. BostonGlobe.com, "Microsoft in talks to buy Burlington AI and technology firm Nuance Communications, sources say," 11 Apr. 2021 Ohio lacks electronic records that talk to each other across different health care systems. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "What Ohio could have learned about the coronavirus – if the state had the data," 10 Apr. 2021 Another is the Vaccine Safety Datalink, or VSD, which uses the electronic health records of about 12 million patients to conduct near real-time surveillance. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Bakersfield or bust," 7 Apr. 2021 The research is the largest of its kind and involved the electronic health records of more than 236,000 Covid-19 patients, mostly in the US. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "One in three Covid survivors suffers 'brain disease,' study finds," 7 Apr. 2021 In addition, researchers are able to mine electronic health records to discover patients who qualify for clinical trials but who might not have been offered the opportunity in the past. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Researchers Look for Ways to Make Drug Trials More Diverse," 28 Mar. 2021 However, how to make that happen within the agency's new electronic records system — which has delayed payments to caregivers and locked out overseers in a debacle that has stretched over the last two months — is not yet clear. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Legislative panel moves to give oversight groups access to new DCS computer system," 24 Mar. 2021 The investigators are still reviewing electronic records, communications, surveillance video and financial documents as part of the investigation and are working to try to track down additional witnesses in the case, the official said. CBS News, "Man linked to 5 deaths, including ex-wife, allegedly confesses to killing 16," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of electronic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electronic was in 1902

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15 Apr 2021

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“Electronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of electronic

: operating through the use of many small electrical parts (such as microchips and transistors)
: produced by the use of electronic equipment
: operating by means of a computer : involving a computer or a computer system


elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Kids Definition of electronic

1 : relating to or using the principles of electronics an electronic device
2 : operating by means of or using a computer electronic banking

Other Words from electronic

electronically adverb


elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträn-ik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Medical Definition of electronic

: of or relating to electrons or electronics

Other Words from electronic

electronically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronic (audio) \ adverb

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