-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

(Greek: a suffix that forms nouns and is usually used to form names of arts and sciences)

In mechanics, the study of the mechanics of heavy structures that are liable to collapse under their own weight.
bibliomics (plural used as a singular) (noun)
The written collection of scientific data as published in books and other written presentations.
bibliotics, bibliotiks (pl) (noun) (a plural that is used in the singular)
Analysis of handwriting, documents, and books; especially, for authentication of authorship.
bioacoustics (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. The science dealing with the effects of sound fields or mechanical vibrations in living organisms: As an experiment for her botany class in high school, Kelly designed a project to test the bioacoustics of loud music on the growth of sweet peas.
2. The science of communicating sounds that are made by animals: Dolphins are frequently the subject of studies of bioacoustics as zoologists study the communication techniques among them.
bioastronautics (pl) (noun) (plural used as a singular)
The study of the effects of space travel on living organisms and their medical problems.
The effects of climate on living organisms.
biocosmetics (plural used as a singular) (noun)
A term for cosmetics that have some sort of biotechnologically produced ingredient or that have a mechanism of action based on biologic principles: Many biocosmetics have to undergo the same scrutiny that a biopharmaceutical does before they can be brought to market.
biocybernetics (s) (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
1. The science of communications and control in animals: The study of biocybernetics involves information about the physiological performance of the mechanisms and central nervous system controls and of the interactions between organisms and mechanical or electronic systems.
2. The science of communication and control within a living being; especially, on a molecular basis: Biocybernetics includes the processes of how communications and controls occur within the bodies of living systems between different parts of the body and of the interactions between organisms and mechanical or electronic systems.
1. That part of biological science that deals with vital force, or of the action of living organisms.
2. The science dealing with the force or energy of living matter.
3. The study of how energy, motion, and other forces affect living things.
4. The scientific study of the nature and determinants of all organismic (including human) behavior.
bioelectronics (noun) (a plural form that functions as a singular)
1. The study of the role of intermolecular transfer of electrons in biological regulation and defense.
2. The science of electronic effects and controls of living organisms.
1. The study of the transformations of energy in living organisms; such as, photosynthesis.
2. The study of energy changes involved in the chemical reactions within living tissue.
3. The study of energy exchanges between living organisms and their environments.
4. In psychological therapy, a combination of therapies, including breathing and body exercise and the free expression of feelings and impulses, designed to relieve tension and release physical and emotional energy.
1. Study of moral problems connected with such issues as euthanasia, surrogate motherhood, genetic engineering, etc.
2. The study of ethical problems involved in biological research; such as, in genetics, organ transplants, and artificial insemination; especially when the application of advanced technology is involved.
1. Produced by the activity of living organisms.
2. That part of biology that seeks to account for the resemblances and the differences in organisms related by descent.

It is the science that simply studies in living organisms such genetic phenomena as heredity and evolution, development and variation; whereas the doctrinal movement that tries to anticipate or enforce the practical utilization of the scientific principles studied is eugenics.

That field of study dealing with the effect on living organisms (particularly man) of abnormal gravitational effects produced; that is, by acceleration or by free fall; in the former case, heavier than normal weight is induced, and in the latter weightlessness.
bioinformatics; bioinfomatics
1. The study of the applications of computer and statistical techniques to the management of biological information. In genome projects, bioinformatics includes the development of methods to search databases quickly, to analyze DNA sequence information, and to predict protein sequence and structure from DNA sequence data.
2. The application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in genomics.
3. A scientific discipline that includes all aspects of the gathering, storing, handling, analyzing, interpreting and the spreading of biological information.

It involves powerful computers and innovative programs that handle vast amounts of coding information on genes and proteins from genomics programs.

It also comprises the development and application of computational algorithms for the purpose of analysis, interpretation, and prediction of data for the design of experiments in the biosciences.