er·​go·​gen·​ic | \ ˌər-gə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce ergogenic (audio) \

Definition of ergogenic

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

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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."

Examples of ergogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For both elite and non-elite runners, pre-race caffeine is a proven ergogenic aid, helping to stave off fatigue, thereby extending endurance, and should be considered as a useful nutritional tool for half-marathon performance. Andrew Hamilton, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2020 Products containing these ingredients are sometimes called ergogenic aids, and are often sold in drugstores, organic food stores, and fitness clubs. Amanda Macmillan,, 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ergogenic

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Ergogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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er·​go·​gen·​ic | \ ˌər-gə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce ergogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of ergogenic

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


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