New words – 9 July 2018

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nanokicking noun [U]
UK /ˈnæn.əʊ.ˌkɪk.ɪŋ/ US /ˈnæn.oʊ.ˌkɪk.ɪŋ/
a process that transforms a body’s stem cells into bone

Nanokicking subjects cells to ultra-precise, nanoscale vibrations while they are suspended inside collagen gels. The process of nanokicking turns the cells in the gels into a ‘bone putty’ that has potential to be used to heal bone fractures and fill bone where there is a gap.
[University of Glasgow News, 12 September 2017]

e-skin noun [C, U]
/’i:.skɪn/
a thin material, or a garment made from this material, that contains sensors and can monitor motion and bodily functions such as heart rate and breathing

CES demos showed the e-skin used for simple gaming, but with further development Xenoma believe it could also be used for fitness coaching and healthcare as well. Sadly, you’re unlikely to be suiting up any time soon. The only way to get hold of an e-skin right now is to purchase a full developer’s kit, which will set you back a cool $5,000.
[blog.vodafone.co.uk, 12 January 2018]

living tattoo noun [C]
/ˌlɪv.ɪŋ.tætˈuː/
a type of tattoo made from special ink that reacts to changes in the environment

The researchers say these living tattoos could be used as a wearable device to sense pollutants in the air or track changes in the temperature. Developed by MIT engineers, the tattoo was “printed” layer-by-layer on a patch before being adhered to the skin.
[www.irishnews.com, 6 December 2017]

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