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[nuh-rit-ik] /nəˈrɪt ɪk/
of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
Compare oceanic, pelagic.
< German neritisch (1890), apparently after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus, though derivation is unclear; see -ic Unabridged
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  • neritic zones typically contain muddy or sandy bottoms where prey can be found.
  • The immediate causes of modification of the neritic system, lagoons and estuaries are increased chemical pollution and oil spills.
British Dictionary definitions for neritic


of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus
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Word Origin and History for neritic

1891, from German neritisch (Haeckel, 1890), perhaps from Nerita, a genus of molluscs.

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neritic in Science
Relating to the ocean waters over the sublittoral region of the ocean floor, ranging in depth between the low tide mark to about 200 m (656 ft). See more at epipelagic zone.
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