I have the following sentence in my story

Almost everyone has implanted under their skin a sensor that monitors their vitals and health in real-time and could alert the wearer of potentially hazardous health events. It can detect whether the wearer is unconscious and automatically call medical services.

I'm wondering if "wearer" is the appropriate word to describe the owner of the embedded sensor or if there is a better word since the sensor is technically inside them? I don't think "owner" describes it appropriately.

  • Depends a lot on the speaker and his/her attitude towards this feature. I do agree, wearer is not correct, though it might be "focus grouped" by the manufacturer to assuage the fears of "Big Brother" knows when you're having a heart attack. – hszmv Feb 19 '20 at 17:01
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    "Subject"? "Host"? – Alexander Feb 19 '20 at 18:40
  • Just use the word "person." It's more natural and it will be clear who you mean by the context. – levininja Feb 19 '20 at 20:10
  • Requests to rephrase your work are not on topic. This explains what is on topic for writing SE – levininja Feb 19 '20 at 20:12
  • Thanks, @Alexander! I can mark yours as the answer. – Kamal Feb 19 '20 at 20:47

You can use

  • "Subject" (as in "test subject" or "surveillance subject")
  • "Host" (as in "host organism")

I feel like "wearer" is OK, because it's under their skin. Tattoos are also "in" your body, but everyone says "on".

If "wearer" seems inappropriate, I'd say "user" or "owner".


I believe host is the word you need. The OED confirms its use in the following two contexts:

3a. Biology. An animal or plant having a parasite or commensal habitually living in or upon it.

3b. Biology and Medicine. An animal or person that is the recipient of tissue, an organ, etc., that has been transplanted into it from another.

It seems a small step to include as a third category, an animal or person who has a mechanical or electronic implant, for whatever purpose.

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