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diachronic

[dahy-uh-kron-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈkrɒn ɪk/
adjective, Linguistics.
1.
of or relating to the changes in a linguistic system between successive points in time; historical:
diachronic analysis.
Compare synchronic.
Origin of diachronic
1925-1930
1925-30; < French diachronique (term introduced by F. de Saussure); see dia-, chronic
Related forms
diachronically, adverb
diachronicness, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Now, again I repeat, there is no imaginable difference to sense between the prochronic and the diachronic development.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • The two creations,—the extinct and the extant,—or rather the prochronic and the diachronic—here unite.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for diachronic

diachronic

/ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or studying the development of a phenomenon through time; historical: diachronic linguistics Compare synchronic
Word Origin
C19: from dia- + Greek khronos time
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Word Origin and History for diachronic
adj.

1857, from Greek dia "throughout" (see dia-) + khronos "time" (see chrono-). Use in linguistics dates from 1927.

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diachronic in Medicine

diachronic di·a·chron·ic (dī'ə-krŏn'ĭk)
adj.
Of or concerned with phenomena as they change through time.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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