stratified

adjective
strat·​i·​fied | \ ˈstra-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce stratified (audio) \

Definition of stratified

1 : formed, deposited, or arranged in stable layers or strata Such forced ascent of stable air leads to the formation of a stratified cloud layer that is large horizontally compared to its thickness.— Frederick K. Lutgens et al. The epidermis is a stratified squamous epithelium forming the barrier that excludes harmful microbes and retains body fluids.— Terry Lechler et al.
2 : divided into social classes Through farming and fishing, they supported a dense population and highly stratified society that constructed irrigation canals, pyramids, palaces, and temples.— Christopher B. Donnan

First Known Use of stratified

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stratified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stratified. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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stratified

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stratified

: arranged or formed in layers
: divided into social classes

stratified

adjective
strat·​i·​fied | \ ˈstrat-ə-ˌfīd How to pronounce stratified (audio) \

Medical Definition of stratified

: arranged in layers especially : of, relating to, or being an epithelium consisting of more than one layer of cells

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