syn·​clastic | \ (ˈ)si|n, sə̇|, |ŋ+ \

Definition of synclastic

: curved toward the same side in all directions used of a surface (as of a sphere) that in all directions around any point bends away from a tangent plane toward the same side opposed to anticlastic

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History and Etymology for synclastic

syn- + Greek klastos broken + English -ic

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“Synclastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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