bionic adj.

of or pertaining to bionics; having or being an artificial, esp. electromechanical, device that replaces part of the body; having ordinary human capabilities increased (as if) by the aid of such devices


  • 1941 โ€˜E. Binderโ€™ Vassals of the Master World in Planet Stories Fall 22/2 page image bibliography

    โ€˜Operate? Plastic-surgery?โ€™ The doctor looked puzzled. โ€˜We use bionic methods.โ€™

  • 1961 Science Digest Nov. 26/2

    The bionic machines and synthetically intelligent systems of tomorrow.

  • 1973 S. Dorman Bear Went Over the Mountain in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 143/1 page image Sonya Dorman bibliography

    His brain is now tremendously amplified by the link to the computer. So far, heโ€™s the only human survivor of the applications of our research. We lost the other two to brain damage during the bionic installation phase.

  • 1988 N. Stephenson Zodiac i. 11 Neal Stephenson

    I threw myself on the mercy of Esmerelda, a black librarian of somewhere between ninety and a hundred who contained within her bionic hairdo all knowledge, or the ability to find it.

  • 1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre Prologue 3 bibliography

    The fingertips of her natural right hand almost but not quite aligned with the crude bionic structure that served as her left hand.

  • 2015 S. White Soldiers Out of Time xiii. 96 page image Steve White bibliography

    The Human Integrity Actโ€™s prohibition of bionic replacement limbs and organs had been one of its most controversial provisions, for they were one of the more defensible forms of man-machine interfacing.

Research requirements

antedating 1941

Earliest cite

"Eando Binder," in Planet Stories

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Steve White.

Earliest quotation in OED2 was 1963; improved to 1961 in OED3.

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