frontolysis

[ fruhn-tol-uh-sis ]
/ frʌnˈtɒl ə sɪs /

noun

Meteorology. the dissipation or decrease of a front or frontal zone.

Nearby words

  1. fronto,
  2. fronto-,
  3. fronto-occipital,
  4. frontoanterior position,
  5. frontogenesis,
  6. frontomalar,
  7. frontomaxillary,
  8. fronton,
  9. frontonasal,
  10. frontoparietal

Compare frontogenesis.

Origin of frontolysis

First recorded in 1935–40; fronto- + -lysis

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British Dictionary definitions for frontolysis

frontolysis

/ (frʌnˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

noun

meteorol the weakening or dissipation of a front
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Science definitions for frontolysis

frontolysis

[ frŭn-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]

The weakening or complete dissipation of a meteorological front caused by a decrease in the horizontal thermal gradient (the difference in temperature of adjacent air masses) over time. Compare frontogenesis.
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