[ nuh-rit-ik ]
/ nəˈrɪt ɪk /


of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
Compare oceanic, pelagic.

Origin of neritic

< German neritisch (1890), apparently after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus, though derivation is unclear; see -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neritic


/ (nɛˈrɪtɪk) /


of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline

Word Origin for neritic

C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus
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Science definitions for neritic


[ nə-rĭtĭk ]

Relating to the ocean waters over the sublittoral region of the ocean floor, ranging in depth between the low tide mark to about 200 m (656 ft). See more at epipelagic zone.
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