Word of the Day – Circadian

By July 11, 2019 Word of the Day

Circadian (adj)

sur-kay-dee-un

(of biological processes) recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle, even in the absence of light fluctuations.

1950s formed irregularly from Latin circa ‘about’ + dies ‘day’.

Example sentences

“The insects lived on a circadian rhythm.”

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