inclining in opposite directions from a central axis.
  1. inclining downward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a fold of rock strata.
  2. pertaining to such a fold.

Nearby words

  1. anticity,
  2. anticlastic,
  3. anticlerical,
  4. anticlimactic,
  5. anticlimax,
  6. anticline,
  7. anticlinorium,
  8. anticlockwise,
  9. anticlotting,
  10. anticly

Origin of anticlinal

1825–35; < Greek antiklī́n(ein) to lean against each other (anti- anti- + klī́nein to lean1) + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anticlinal



of, relating to, or resembling an anticline
botany of or relating to the plane at right angles to the surface of an organ
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Medicine definitions for anticlinal


[ăn′tē-klīnəl, ăn′tī-]


Inclined in opposite directions, as two sides of a pyramid.

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