cleidoic

adjective

clei·​do·​ic klī-ˈdō-ik How to pronounce cleidoic (audio)
of an egg
: enclosed in a relatively impervious shell which reduces free exchange with the environment

Word History

Etymology

Greek kleidoun to fasten, lock in, from kleid-, kleis key — more at clavicle

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleidoic was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Cleidoic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleidoic. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cleidoic

adjective
clei·​do·​ic klī-ˈdō-ik How to pronounce cleidoic (audio)
of an egg
: enclosed in a relatively impervious shell which reduces free exchange with the environment
the eggs of birds are cleidoic
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