Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organism, often a human, that has certain physiological processes enhanced or controlled by mechanical or electronic devices, especially when they are integrated with the nervous system.

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  • noun science fiction a person who is part machine, a robot who is part organic
  • noun science fiction a robot who has an organic past

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  • noun a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[cyb(ernetic) + org(anism).]

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Blend of cybernetic and organism. Term coined by Austrian neuroscientist Manfred Clynes.

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