periodic

1
[peer-ee-od-ik]

adjective


Nearby words

  1. period drama,
  2. period of revolution,
  3. period piece,
  4. period-luminosity relation,
  5. periodate,
  6. periodic acid,
  7. periodic acid-schiff,
  8. periodic attractor,
  9. periodic decimal,
  10. periodic disease

Origin of periodic

1
1635–45; < Latin periodicus < Greek periodikós. See period, -ic

Related formspe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedperiodic periodical

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British Dictionary definitions for periodically

periodic

adjective

happening or recurring at intervals; intermittent
of, relating to, or resembling a period
having or occurring in repeated periods or cycles
Derived Formsperiodically, adverbperiodicity (ˌpɪərɪəˈdɪsɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for periodically

periodic

adj.

1640s, from French périodique (14c.), from Latin periodicus, from periodus (see period).

Periodic table in chemistry (1889) is from notion of the arrangement, in which similar properties recur at intervals in elements in the same area as you read down the rows of the table. This sense of the word is attested from 1872 (periodic law).

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Medicine definitions for periodically

periodic

[pîr′ē-ŏdĭk]

adj.

Having or marked by repeated cycles.
Recurring at regular intervals.

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