cyclostrophic

[ sahy-kluh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik, sik-le- ]
/ ˌsaɪ kləˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk, ˌsɪk lɛ- /

adjective Meteorology.

pertaining to atmospheric motion in which the centripetal acceleration exactly balances the horizontal pressure force.

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Origin of cyclostrophic

1915–20; cyclo- + Late Greek strophikós turned, equivalent to Greek stroph- (variant stem of stréphein to turn) + -ikos-ic; see strophe
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