metronomic

adjective met·ro·nom·ic \ ˌme-trə-ˈnä-mik \
variants: or less commonly metronomical play \-mi-kəl\
Updated on: 22 May 2018

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

metronomically

play \-mik(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of metronomic

1866

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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metronomic

adjective met·ro·nom·ic \ ˌme-trə-ˈnäm-ik \

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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