1901, as a term when you look at the research of fossils, from Greek. bios "life" (see bio-). Indicating "pertaining to bionics" is taped from 1963. Popular sense of "superhumanly gifted or durable" is from 1976, from preferred U.S. tv system "The Bionic Man" and its spin-offs.
of or concerning bionics
- having specific physiological features augmented or changed by digital or electromechanical elements
The most recent decade, the first of the Third Millennium, saw an artificial liver, a face transplant, an HPV vaccine, a bionic eye, and, most impressive, the map of the human genome.