zeitgeber

[ tsahyt-gey-ber ]
/ ˈtsaɪtˌgeɪ bər /

noun

an environmental cue, as the length of daylight or the degree of temperature, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism's biological clock.

Nearby words

  1. zeg,
  2. zein,
  3. zeis gland,
  4. zeiss,
  5. zeist,
  6. zeitgeist,
  7. zeitgeisty ,
  8. zek,
  9. zeke,
  10. zelda

Origin of zeitgeber

1970–75; < German (1954), literally, time-giver, on the model of Taktgeber an electronic synchronization device

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