er•go•nom•ics (n) er-gä-'nä-miks An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely — called also human engineering. Prehistoric ergonomics. Prehistoric man realized that certain pebble tools and scoops made from curved antelope bones made tasks easier. Word! Wojciech Jastrzebowski created the word ergonomics in 1857 in a philosophical narrative, “based upon the truths drawn from the Science of ...

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