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bionics

Bionics is the science of combining natural biological systems with technology. When an engineer designs a boat with an outer "skin" that mimics a dolphin's skin, she uses bionics.

Today's science, medicine, and engineering fields all use bionics in various ways. Many prosthetic limbs are designed through bionics — in other words, they are engineered using biological structures like limbs, joints, and nerves, as well as modern technology. A person who's lost an arm and had it replaced with a bionic one can even learn to control it using her mind. Most experts describe bionics as a portmanteau of biology and electronics.

Definitions of bionics
  1. noun
    application of biological principles to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)
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    type of:
    applied science, engineering, engineering science, technology
    the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
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