ac·​cli·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce acclimation (audio) , -ˌklī- \

Definition of acclimation

: the process or result of acclimating especially : physiological adjustment by an organism to environmental change

Examples of acclimation in a Sentence

a period of acclimation to the region's rising temperatures
Recent Examples on the Web That said, the new capacitive touch controls located on the steering wheel require some acclimation. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2022 There was no in-person acclimation by the time the 6-foot-5, 245-pound former NFL MVP set foot on the Gillette Stadium fields for training camp. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 15 June 2021 DeLand returns Orlando Sentinel all-area defensive back Myzel Williams at safety and adds Atlantic transfer Tyrese Green at cornerback, but the defense may require some acclimation overall with the loss of many starters. J.c. Carnahan,, 8 Sep. 2020 The researchers in Copenhagen divided their tardigrades into three groups: active tardigrades, tardigrades with some acclimation to the high temperature, and tun tardigrades. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Jan. 2020 This acclimation can lead to faster times no matter if the weather is cool or hot. Greg Hosier, Outside Online, 2 Aug. 2019 Marriotts Ridge athletic director Christopher Reagle and principal Tammy Goldeisen approved the move and the acclimation process began. Jacob Steinberg,, 19 Feb. 2022 The former Kings trio was able to practice once before taking the court at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, but for Smith the acclimation process was expedited. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Feb. 2022 And that will come both after the trade deadline and the buyout deadline, leaving plenty of time for practice and acclimation for the playoff roster. Ira Winderman,, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of acclimation

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acclimation

acclim(ate) + -ation

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1 May 2022

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“Acclimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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ac·​cli·​ma·​tion | \ ˌak-lə-ˈmā-shən, -ˌlī- How to pronounce acclimation (audio) \

Medical Definition of acclimation

: acclimatization especially by physiological adjustment of an organism to environmental change


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