clinostat

noun
cli·​no·​stat | \ ˈklīnəˌstat \
plural -s

Definition of clinostat

: an apparatus consisting of a slowly revolving disk usually regulated by clockwork by means of which the action of external agents (as light and gravity) on the movements of growing plants mounted on the disk may be modified or eliminated by the change of direction

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for clinostat

International Scientific Vocabulary clin- + -stat; originally formed as German klinostat

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about clinostat

Statistics for clinostat

Cite this Entry

“Clinostat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clinostat. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on clinostat

What made you want to look up clinostat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!