[ nuh-rit-ik ]
/ nəˈrɪt ɪk /


of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.

Nearby words

  1. nereus,
  2. nerf,
  3. nergal,
  4. neri,
  5. nerine,
  6. nernst,
  7. nernst heat theorem,
  8. nero,
  9. nerol,
  10. neroli oil

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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Word Origin and History for neritic



1891, from German neritisch (Haeckel, 1890), perhaps from Nerita, a genus of molluscs.

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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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