[ lith-oh-struh-tig-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌlɪθ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi /


the study or character of stratified rocks based solely on their physical and petrographic features.

Nearby words

  1. lithosere,
  2. lithosol,
  3. lithosphere,
  4. lithospheric,
  5. lithostatic,
  6. lithotomic,
  7. lithotomy,
  8. lithotomy position,
  9. lithotripsy,
  10. lithotripter

Origin of lithostratigraphy

First recorded in 1955–60; litho- + stratigraphy

Related formslith·o·strat·i·graph·ic [lith-oh-strat-i-graf-ik] /ˌlɪθ oʊˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for lithostratigraphy


[ lĭth′ō-strə-tĭgrə-fē ]

The scientific study and categorization of rock strata based on their lithology (color, texture, and composition). Compare biostratigraphy.
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