biometrics

biometrics bi‧o‧met‧rics [baɪəʊˈmetrɪks ǁ ˌbaɪoʊ-] noun [uncountable] COMPUTING
technology that uses measurements of people's eyes, features, fingerprints etc. in order to identify them:

• Biometrics is a method that automatically recognises or verifies someone’s identity, based on physical or behaviour characteristics.

* * *

biometrics UK US /ˌbaɪəʊˈmetrɪks/ noun [U]
the use of detailed information about someone's body, for example the patterns of colour in their eyes, in order to prove who they are: »

A hurdle financial institutions must overcome with the use of biometrics is the fear of appearing too intrusive to customers.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • biometrics — application of mathematics to biology, 1902, from BIOMETRIC (Cf. biometric) (also see ICS (Cf. ics)); slightly earlier in this sense was biometry (1901), which was coined by Whewell and used by him and others with a sense of calculation of life… …   Etymology dictionary

  • biometrics — [bī΄ōme′triks] n. that branch of biology which deals with its data statistically and by mathematical analysis biometric adj. biometrical …   English World dictionary

  • Biometrics — For the academic journal of statistics in biology, see Biometrics (journal). For the application of statistics to topics in biology, see Biostatistics. At Walt Disney World, biometric measurements are taken from the fingers of guests to ensure… …   Wikipedia

  • biometrics — n. The identification of an individual based on biological traits, such as fingerprints, iris patterns, and facial features. Example Citation: Magnetic cards and smartcards try to make it impractical to break a bank s systems. Biometrics takes… …   New words

  • biometrics —   n. calculation of length of human life; statistical biology.    ♦ biometric, a.    ♦ biometrician, n. student of biometrics …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • biometrics — The science of collecting and analyzing biologic or health data using statistical methods. Biometrics may be used to help learn the possible causes of a cancer or how often a cancer occurs in a certain group of people. Also called biostatistics… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • biometrics — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1902 1. biometry 2. the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • biometrics — biometric, biometrical, adj. biometrically, adv. /buy euh me triks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) 1. Biol., Statistics. biostatistics. 2. biometry (def. 1). [1900 05; BIOMETR(Y) + ICS] * * * …   Universalium

  • biometrics — noun a) The measurement of biological data b) The measurement and recording of the physical characteristics of an individual for use in subsequent personal identification …   Wiktionary

  • Biometrics —    A technology developed by Biometric Solutions as an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) that is used to verify a person s identity through fingerprint, face, or retinal scanning. This technology was originally designed for use… …   Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.