Definitions for ergonomicsˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

er•go•nom•ics*ˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks(n.)

  1. an applied science that coordinates the design of devices, systems, and physical working conditions with the capacities and requirements of the worker.

    Category: Engineering

    Ref: Also called human engineering.

* (used with a sing. or pl. v.).

Origin of ergonomics:

1945–50; ergo -1+(eco)nomics

er`go•nom′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. biotechnology, bioengineering, ergonomics(noun)

    the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments

Wiktionary

  1. ergonomics(Noun)

    The science of the design of equipment, especially so as to reduce operator fatigue, discomfort and injury.

  2. Origin: Coined in 1950 from ἔργον + economics

Freebase

  1. Human factors and ergonomics

    Human factors and ergonomics is a multidisciplinary field incorporating contributions from psychology, engineering, biomechanics, mechanobiology, industrial design, physiology and anthropometry. In essence it is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities. The two terms "human factors" and "ergonomics" are essentially synonymous. The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics or human factors as follows: Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. HF&E is employed to fulfill the goals of occupational health and safety and productivity. It is relevant in the design of such things as safe furniture and easy-to-use interfaces to machines and equipment. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Human factors and ergonomics is concerned with the "fit" between the user, equipment and their environments. It takes account of the user's capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, functions, information and the environment suit each user.

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