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cyclostrophic

[sahy-kluh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik, sik-le-] /ˌsaɪ kləˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk, ˌsɪk lɛ-/
adjective, Meteorology
1.
pertaining to atmospheric motion in which the centripetal acceleration exactly balances the horizontal pressure force.
Origin of cyclostrophic
1915-1920
1915-20; cyclo- + Late Greek strophikós turned, equivalent to Greek stroph- (variant stem of stréphein to turn) + -ikos -ic; see strophe
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