circadian

[sur-key-dee-uhn, -kad-ee-, sur-kuh-dee-uhn]
adjective
noting or pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals.

Origin:
1955–60; < Latin circā about + di(ēs) day + -an

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circadian (sɜːˈkeɪdɪən)
 
adj
See also biological clock of or relating to biological processes that occur regularly at about 24-hour intervals, even in the absence of periodicity in the environment
 
[C20: from Latin circa about + diēs day]

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circadian
coined 1959 from L. circa "about" + diem, acc. sing. of dies "day" (see diurnal). The original use is in circadian rhythm.
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circadian cir·ca·di·an (sər-kā'dē-ən, -kād'ē-, sûr'kə-dī'ən, -dē'-)
adj.
Relating to biological variations or rhythms with a cycle of about 24 hours.

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Other brands contain melatonin, the hormone that maintains your body's
  circadian clock, but also can make you sleepy.
The profile of this pressure is believed to follow characteristic circadian
  patterns.
Sleep researchers have found that you can reset your circadian clock fairly
  easily.
One of the brain centers that is thus permanently damaged is the circadian
  clock.
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