er·​go·​nom·​ics | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \

Definition of ergonomics

1 : an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely

called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors

2 : the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

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Other Words from ergonomics

ergonomic \ ˌər-​gə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce ergonomic (audio) \ adjective
ergonomically \ ˌər-​gə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ergonomically (audio) \ adverb
ergonomist \ (ˌ)ər-​ˈgä-​nə-​mist How to pronounce ergonomist (audio) \ noun

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Before 2017 Congress had invoked the CRA only once—for a Clinton ergonomics rule. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ergonomics

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ergonomics

erg- + -nomics (as in economics)

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ergonomics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ergonomics

: a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely
: the parts or qualities of something's design that make it easy to use
er·​go·​nom·​ics | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnäm-iks How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \

Medical Definition of ergonomics

1 : an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely

called also human engineering, human factors engineering

2 : the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

Other Words from ergonomics

ergonomic \ -​ik How to pronounce ergonomic (audio) \ adjective
ergonomically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ergonomically (audio) \ adverb

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