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  1. the character of being periodic; the tendency to recur at regular intervals.
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Origin of periodicity

From the French word périodicité, dating back to 1825–35. See periodic1, -ity
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Related Words for periodicity

recurrence, repeat, reiteration, litany, rhythm, pattern, tempo, flow, pulse, swing, cadence, movement, precision, uniformity, consistency, predictability, revolution, series, period, course

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Historical Examples of periodicity

  • In science, as in morals and politics, there is absolutely no periodicity.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • Art, like commerce and everything else, obeys the law of periodicity.

  • But in accordance with the great law of periodicity, I resumed my labors in 1877-78.

  • The assumption of their periodicity cannot, as yet, be considered as confirmed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The operation of the Law of Periodicity is necessary to the measurement of Time.

Word Origin and History for periodicity


1805, from French périodicité (1796), from périodique, from Latin periodicus (see periodic).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

periodicity in Medicine


  1. The quality or state of being periodic; recurrence at regular intervals.
  2. The tendency of chemical elements to have similar properties when arranged according to their atomic number.
  3. The position of an element in the periodic table.
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