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Originally “cyborg” came from English cybernetic organism. In Latin that would of course be organismus cyberneticus. Given the mouthful of that, it is no wonder that people tend to simply use the undeclinable “cyborg” instead. But is there any reputed word used for “cyborg” in Latin that is shorter than that? The same way “robot” has robotum and “car” has autocinetum.

Thanks in advance for the answer!

EDIT: Just to make clear what a cyborg is (which would probably help the answers). A cyborg is a being that is partially organic and partially machine. This is different from an android that is just a machine that mimics the human form.

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    What about some translation using "Animatus-a-um" meaning "endowed with spirit."
    – Nickimite
    Commented May 9, 2020 at 22:27
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    @Nickimite Anima cybernetica, maybe? And just cybernetica (sc. anima) in latter occurences?
    – Figulus
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 21:18
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    @Figulus That intuitively sounds like "cybernetic soul" to me. It might work, but I think "animata cybernetica would be better." Using the participle feels more like "animated cybernetic (person)"
    – Nickimite
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 23:42
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    @Nickimite Yes, "cybernetic soul" is sort of what I was going for. I think animātus works too in the right context, but in the wrong context, it might sound like you were bringing something non-living to life, animating a machine, rather than mechanizing an organism. So I suggested anima cybernētica, although homo cybernēticus might be a better choice, depending on context.
    – Figulus
    Commented May 11, 2020 at 23:32

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I like anima more than organismus, so I guess I'd prefer anima cybernētica to cybernēticus organismus, or just cybernētica for short. Of course, cybernēticus [homo] or cybernēticum [animal] would also work.

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