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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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 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, "China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years," 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, "Mountain Time Is the Best Time Zone in America," 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,, "As Wimbledon is missed, Chris Evert recalls ups and downs of long rivalry with Navratilova," 4 July 2020 Same solid drives, same high, metronomic dribble, same deadening retinue of mid-range Js. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Return, and Potential Returns, of the N.B.A.," 25 Oct. 2019 Sharapova remains Williams’s most reliable tennis muse, bringing out the very best in Williams’s power game on a metronomic basis. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Crushes Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2019 The Rams, unsurprisingly, have been even more aggressive down south, and with almost metronomic consistency. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Mel Tucker and Mike Bobo hit Rocky Mountain Showdown with Georgia on their minds," 25 Aug. 2019 All the while, the trail of migrants into the downtown El Paso courthouse has gone on with metronomic regularity. Washington Post, "Migrants risk it all seeking asylum. The answer in court is almost always ‘no.’," 24 July 2019 The sprinklers click a metronomic music of the agricultural West all day long. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019

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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 26 Jan. 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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