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[an-tee-klas-tik, an-tahy-]
adjective Mathematics.
  1. (of a surface) having principal curvatures of opposite sign at a given point.
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Origin of anticlastic

First recorded in 1865–70; anti- + clastic
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British Dictionary definitions for anticlastic


  1. maths (of a surface) having a curvature, at a given point and in a particular direction, that is of the opposite sign to the curvature at that point in a perpendicular directionCompare synclastic
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