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An example of a cyborg

"Let me make sure that I understand you correctly, …Commander. A group of cybernetic creatures from the future have traveled back through time to enslave the Human race, and you're here to stop them."
"That's right."
"Hot damn, you're heroic."

In the field of cybernetics, a cyborg, short for cybernetic organism, or a cybernetic lifeform was a biological lifeform who had been cybernetically augmented. This augmentation, which might extend physical abilities beyond normal limitations, might be achieved through installation of bionic or cybernetic components. Cybernetic lifeforms could not survive without their organic components. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Cyborgs were thus distinct from artificial lifeforms, who had no organic components, and augments, a term reserved for those enhanced through genetic means.

Borg skeleton

The cybernetic remains on a Borg skeleton

The Borg were an example of a cybernetic lifeform. (TNG: "Tin Man"; Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Collective")

Before 2256, Lt. Cmdr. Airiam was extensively augmented with artificial parts following a shuttle accident which claimed the life of her husband Stephen while coming back from their honeymoon. (DIS: "Project Daedalus")

In 2327, Jean-Luc Picard received an artificial heart after he was stabbed by a Nausicaan during a bar brawl. (TNG: "Tapestry") When Kestra Troi-Riker pointed an arrow at Picard following his arrival the Riker home on Nepenthe Picard said that since his artificial heart was made of solid duritanium it would be better to aim at his head instead of his chest. (PIC: "Nepenthe")

In 2372, Ensign Harry Kim observed that Automated Unit 3947 was not a cyborg. (VOY: "Prototype")

Geordi La Forge later received ocular implants with electric blue irises. (Star Trek: First Contact)

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