noun cath·e·tom·e·ter \ˌkathəˈtämətə(r)\

Definition of cathetometer



  1. :  an instrument for accurate measurement of small differences in height (as of columns of mercury or other fluids) consisting of a telescopic leveling apparatus that slides up or down a perpendicular standard with a finely graduated scale


\¦kathətə¦me‧trik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cathetometer

International Scientific Vocabulary catheto- (from Greek kathetos vertical height, perpendicular line, from kathetos let down, from kathienai) + -meter

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capable of being understood in two ways

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