met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly metronomical \ ˌme-​trə-​ˈnä-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \

Definition of metronomic

1 : mechanically regular (as in action or tempo) … the swimmer's arms lift and glide under the surface in a reliable metronomic cadence …— Diana Nyad
2 medical : of, relating to, or being a drug or regimen of drugs administered in low doses at regular intervals over an extended period of time metronomic chemotherapy

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Other Words from metronomic

metronomically \ ˌme-​trə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of metronomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George 29 behind metronomic consistency on offense, drilling shot after shot to counter the step-back jumpers by Doncic that gave him 44 points and made the crowd, at times, delirious. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Meanwhile, Chara played with standard metronomic efficiency with his new team, the Caps needing to suit up only eight blue liners all season., 14 May 2021 Asle is a Catholic convert and, in Damion Searls’s liquid translation, his thoughts are rendered in long run-on sentences whose metronomic cadences conjure the intake and outtake of breath, or the reflexive motions of fingers telling a rosary. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 There are the pump jacks scattered across the plains, nodding up and down with metronomic regularity. ProPublica, 10 Mar. 2021 But metronomic tactics employed by Guardiola this season, which slowly pull the opposition out of position to create an opportunity, bear a strong resemblance to the way top NBA teams move the ball around the court. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 By measuring trace radioactive compounds in rocks that decay with metronomic regularity, dating experts have learned when oceans opened, volcanoes erupted, and mass extinctions struck. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 19 Nov. 2020 Mountain time is governed less by minutes or days than by a metronomic knowledge that the landscape that overawes our funny little species predates us, and will outlast us, too. Kyle Paoletta, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2020 McEnroe’s serve-and-volley game against Borg’s metronomic mastery at the baseline and against Connors’ flat backhand and returns. Howard Fendrich,, 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of metronomic

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metronomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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met·​ro·​nom·​ic | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnäm-ik How to pronounce metronomic (audio) \

Medical Definition of metronomic

: of, relating to, or being a drug or regimen of drugs administered in low doses at regular intervals over an extended period of time metronomic cyclophosphamide metronomic chemotherapy

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