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A device for measuring the work capacity of a muscle or group of muscles during contraction.

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

er′go·graph′ic adj.
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(ˈɜːɡəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
(Physiology) an instrument that measures and records the amount of work a muscle does during contraction, its rate of fatigue, etc
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(ˈɜr gəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

an instrument that measures and records the force of a muscular contraction.
er`go•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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an instrument that records the amount of work done when a muscle contracts. — ergographic, adj.
See also: Work
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