bionic 1901, as a term in the study of fossils, from Gk. bios "life" (see BIO- (Cf. bio-)). Meaning "pertaining to BIONICS (Cf. 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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