: relating to a state of a fluid (such as the atmosphere) in which surfaces of constant pressure intersect those of constant density compare barotropic
One argument is that the Hadley cell extent is determined by the latitude at which the mean flow within it becomes baroclinically unstable … Richard Seager et al., Journal of Climate, 1 Sept. 2010

Word History


baro- + -clinic

Note: See note at barotropic

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baroclinic was in 1921

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“Baroclinic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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