ergogenic

adjective er·go·gen·ic \ ˌər-gə-ˈje-nik \

Definition of ergogenic

: enhancing physical performance
  • athletic use of caffeine and other ergogenic aids

ergogenic was our Word of the Day on 12/28/2009. Hear the podcast!

Recent Examples of ergogenic from the Web

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

Did You Know?

No matter your profession - be it office worker, athlete, physicist, or poet - "ergon," the Greek word for "work," has generated a word for you to work into your vocabulary. There is "ergonomics," which concerns efficiently and safely designing things that people use - for example, office equipment. Then there is our featured word, "ergogenic," which might crop up in a discussion about improving athletic performance. The physicist's mind is likely to think in "ergs," or centimeter-gram-second units of work. And for those of the literary, or even agricultural, bent, there is "georgic," which combines "ergon" with Greek geō-, meaning "earth," and refers to a poem dealing with agriculture or to the activity of agriculture itself. The most common derivative, however, is "energy," which adds Greek en, meaning "in," to "ergon."

First Known Use of ergogenic

1910

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

ergogenic

adjective er·go·gen·ic \ ˌər-gə-ˈjen-ik \

medical Definition of ergogenic

: increasing capacity for bodily or mental labor especially by eliminating fatigue symptoms
  • an ergogenic drug

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ergogenic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

widely and unfavorably known

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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