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An instrument for measuring the amount of work done by a muscle or group of muscles.

[Greek ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots + -meter.]

er′go·met′ric (ûr′gə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.


1. (General Physics) a dynamometer
2. (Rowing) Also called: erg (informal) or ergo a type of exercise machine in which the action of rowing is simulated by the pulling of a strong flexible cord wound round a flywheel
[C20: from Greek ergon work + -meter]


(ɜrˈgɒm ɪ tər)

a device for measuring the physiological effects of a period of work or exercise, as calories expended while bicycling.
er`go•met′ric (-gəˈmɛ trɪk) adj.
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Noun1.ergometer - measuring instrument designed to measure powerergometer - measuring instrument designed to measure power
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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On an arm ergometer test, nearly one in four healthy persons with paraplegia fail to achieve VO2 levels required to perform many of the essential activities of daily living (Noreau et al 1993).
Traditional exercise modes to improve physical fitness for the population with SCI are arm exercise in a wheelchair or using an arm ergometer and leg exercise with functional electrical stimulation (FES).
They performed lactate minimum tests in the arm ergometer and cycle ergometer; in addition to an incremental test in a specific ergometer for determining the anaerobic threshold ([AnT.
While the range of exercises you can perform on an arm ergometer is limited, regular use has a number of benefits.