ergonomics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction er·go·nom·ics \ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks\

Definition of ergonomics

  1. 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. 2 :  the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

ergonomic

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ergonomically

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ergonomist

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Origin and Etymology of ergonomics

erg- + -nomics (as in economics)


First Known Use: 1949


ERGONOMICS Defined for English Language Learners

ergonomics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction er·go·nom·ics \ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks\

Definition of ergonomics for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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ergonomics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction er·go·nom·ics \ˌər-gə-ˈnäm-iks\

Medical Definition of ergonomics

  1. 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. 2:  the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

ergonomic

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ergonomically

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