Definition of Cyclic

1. Adjective. Conforming to the Carnot cycle.

Category relationships: Thermodynamics
Partainyms: Carnot Cycle

2. Adjective. Forming a whorl or having parts arranged in a whorl. "Cyclic flowers"
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Similar to: Verticillate, Verticillated, Whorled
Antonyms: Acyclic

3. Adjective. Of a compound having atoms arranged in a ring structure.

4. Adjective. Recurring in cycles.
Exact synonyms: Cyclical
Attributes: Cyclicity, Periodicity
Similar to: Alternate, Alternating, Alternate, Circular, Orbitual, Rotary
Derivative terms: Cycle, Cycle, Cyclicity, Cycle
Antonyms: Noncyclic

5. Adjective. Marked by repeated cycles.
Similar to: Periodic, Periodical
Derivative terms: Cycle, Cyclicity

Definition of Cyclic

1. a. Of or pertaining to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles; as, cyclical time.

Definition of Cyclic

1. Adjective. Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals ¹

2. Adjective. (chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring ¹

3. Adjective. (botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl ¹

4. Adjective. (mathematics) ''(of a group)'' being generated by only one element ¹

5. Adjective. (geometry) ''(of a polygon)'' able to be inscribed in a circle ¹

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Definition of Cyclic

1. moving in complete circles [adj] : CYCLICLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Cyclic

1. Pertaining to or occurring in a cycle or cycles, the term is applied to chemical compounds that contain a ring of atoms in the nucleus. Origin: Gr. Kyklikos This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cyclic

cycles of fifths
cycles per second
cyclic (current term)
cyclic AMP
cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase
cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinases
cyclic AMP receptor protein
cyclic GMP
cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinases
cyclic GMP sensitive 3'-exoribonuclease
cyclic adenylic acid
cyclic albuminuria
cyclic cmp
cyclic compound
cyclic disorder
cyclic esotropia

Literary usage of Cyclic

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"cyclic AMP Action in Cell-Free Extracts A detailed investigation of the mechanism of ... We employed DNA-RNA hybridization to determine whether cyclic AMP ..."

2. Theory and Applications of Finite Groups by George Abram Miller, Hans Frederick Blichfeldt, Leonard Eugene Dickson (1916)
"ber of non-cyclic subgroups of order pa contained in a given subgroup of order pa+l. We then count each subgroup of order pa+1 as many times as it contains ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1896)
"Table V. shows how much more important relatively the noii- cyclic effect is in the ... In the winter half-year we see that the non-cyclic effect in both ..."

4. Mathematische Annalen by Carl Neumann, Otto Blumenthal, Bartel Leendert Waerden, Adolph Mayer, David Hilbert, Alfred Clebsch, Albert Einstein, Constantin Carath�eodory, Erich Hecke, Felix Klein, Heinrich Behnke (1907)
"must be non-cyclic, its order is p%l + 1, where a^ > 1.*) That is, if a group contains exactly pl cyclic subgroups of order c the order of the group is ..."

5. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1914)
"EFFECT OF EXTIRPATION OF THE OVARIES ON THE cyclic CHANGES IN THE UTERUS. We found that extirpation of the corpora lutea shortens the sexual cycle. ..."

6. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1882)
"If a, $ represent the planes of circular section (or cyclic planes) of a cone, the equation of the cone is of the form a? ..."

7. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by William Thomas Brande, George William Cox (1867)
"The perpendiculars to tlio cyclic planes through the vertex are the focal lines ... A sphere around the vertex of the rone is cut by the latter, its cyclic ..."

8. Stereochemistry by Alfred Walter Stewart (1907)
"IN a previous chapter it was mentioned that in some cyclic compounds which contain more than one asymmetric carbon atom, the difference between the two ..."

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