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Technology (tehk-nol-uh-jee)

Technology (pronounced tehk-nol-uh-jee) is the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.


The term technology comes from the Greek words "techne," meaning "art, skill, cunning of hand," and "logia," which can be translated as "the study of something," or "the branch of knowledge of a discipline."

Related Terms

  • Information Technology: The use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data or information.
  • Biotechnology: The exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.
  • Nanotechnology: The branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.
  • Green Technology: Also known as environmental technology, or clean technology, is the application of one or more of environmental science, green chemistry, environmental monitoring and electronic devices to monitor, model and conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement.
  • Medical Technology: Also known as health technology, is the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.

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