1. The science of biologic functions and mechanisms as applied to electronic chemistry; such as computers, employing various aspects of physics, mathematics, and chemistry; e.g., improving cybernetic engineering by reference to the organization of the vertebrate nervous system. 2. The science of applying the knowledge gained by studying the characteristics of living organisms to the formulation of nonorganic devices and techniques. [bio- + electronics]

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bi·on·ics bī-'än-iks n pl but sing or pl in constr a science concerned with the application of data about the functioning of biological systems to the solution of engineering problems

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the science of mechanical or electronic systems that function in the same way as, or have characteristics of, living systems. Compare cybernetics.
bionic adj.

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bi·on·ics (bi-onґiks) the science concerned with study of the functions, characteristics, and phenomena found in the living world and application of the knowledge gained to new devices and techniques in the world of machines. See also biomechanics.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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