a branch of geology dealing with the classification, nomenclature, correlation, and interpretation of stratified rocks.
Related formsstra·tig·ra·pher, stra·tig·ra·phist, nounstrat·i·graph·ic [strat-i-graf-ik] /ˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/, strat·i·graph·i·cal, adjectivestrat·i·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of stratigraphic
This assumption is further backed by stratigraphic evidence provided by projectile points (table 4).
The success of certain paleontologists and stratigraphic specialists in oil exploration is an evidence of this situation.
The stratigraphic horizons favorable to their accumulation are generally recognized.
It is scarcely possible to summarize briefly all of the structural and stratigraphic methods used in locating the ore bodies.
A grouping of distinct species of fossils correlated with stratigraphic characters in the rocks determines these subdivisions.
British Dictionary definitions for stratigraphic
Derived Formsstratigrapher (strəˈtɪɡrəfə) or stratigraphist (strəˈtɪɡrəfɪst), nounstratigraphic (ˌstrætɪˈɡræfɪk) or stratigraphical, adjective
the study of the composition, relative positions, etc, of rock strata in order to determine their geological historyAbbreviation: stratig
archaeol a vertical section through the earth showing the relative positions of the human artefacts and therefore the chronology of successive levels of occupation
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Word Origin and History for stratigraphic
1865, from Latin strati-, comb. form of stratum (see stratum) + -graphy.
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stratigraphic in Medicine
[strə-tĭg′rə-fē]Related formsstrat′i•graph′ic (străt′ĭ-grăf′ĭk) adj.
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The scientific study of rock strata, especially the distribution, deposition, correlation, and age of sedimentary rocks.
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