ergo-, erg-

(Greek: work)

Also see the urg- words that have been "transformed" from the basic elements of this unit.

An instrument for recording the amount of work done during muscular activity.
The science of using an instrument for registering on a moving drum the movement of a ginger or a contracting muscle in doing work.

This kind of study is used as an index of mental excitement, fatigue, etc.

An obsessive zeal for or a compulsion to be constantly at work.

The correct term for over work instead of the commonly used “workaholic“ which is etymologically wrong.

An ergomaniac works right up until the end of his life.

This image represents an ergomaniac who worked right up to the point of this last entry and so signifies his efforts to complete his last project even to the very end of his existence! It may also be said that he represents the ultimate in persistence (or stupidity).

ergomaniac (s) (noun), ergomaniacs (pl)
A person who is obsessed with a zeal for or a compulsion to be constantly at work: Susanne found her main pleasure in doing a lot of exercises at the fitness studio where she went every day and some people considered her to be an ergomaniac because she did so many things for such a long time.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; and Jill a wealthy widow.
—Evan Esar
An insane person who is overly dedicated to working.
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ergonometrics, work measurement
An application of various procedures for determining the time for an operator to perform a task satisfactorily while using a standard method in the usual environmental conditions; for example, time study or work sampling.
A reference to or a descriptive term about the science of designing user interactions with equipment and workplaces tos prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.
1. The study of how a workplace and the equipment used there can best be designed for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity.
2. The science of making things fit people instead of asking people to fit things.

Ergonomics uses knowledge from anatomy, mechanics, physiology and psychology to utilize human energy most effectively.

Something that is ergonomic is designed for safe, comfortable, and efficient use; for example, a computer keyboard with an ergonomic design is designed to help the user avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist pain.

3. The quantitative study of the distribution of work performance and efficiency of social insects.
1. The differentiation of functions.
2. Physiological differentiation associated with morphological specialization.

Cross references related to "work, toil" word families: argo-; ergasio-; labor-; oper-; pono-; urg-.