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metachronous

[ muh-tak-ruh-nuhs ]
/ məˈtæk rə nəs /
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adjective
Medicine/Medical. occurring at a different time than a similar event: metachronous tumors.
Geology. composed of parts formed at different times: The older late-glacial shorelines are metachronous.
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Origin of metachronous

First recorded in 1900–05 (for a different sense); meta- + Greek chrón(os) “time” + -ous
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