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WORD ORIGIN

1901, as a term in the study of fossils, from Greek. bios "life" (see bio-). Meaning "pertaining to bionics" is recorded from 1963. Popular sense of "superhumanly gifted or durable" is from 1976, from popular U.S. television program "The Bionic Man" and its spin-offs.

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