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a combining form meaning “slope, incline,” and, in mineralogy, “monoclinic,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating a slope or inclination: clinometer

before vowels clin-, word-forming element meaning “slope, slant, incline,” from Latinized comb. form of Greek klinein “to lean, slope” (see lean (v.)).

clino- or clin-
Slope; slant: clinocephaly.


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  • Clinocephaly

    clinocephaly cli·no·ceph·a·ly (klī’nō-sěf’ə-lē) n. Concavity of the upper surface of the skull, causing a saddle-shaped appearance in profile. Also called saddle head.

  • Clinodactyly

    clinodactyly cli·no·dac·ty·ly (klī’nō-dāk’tə-lē) n. Permanent deflection of one or more fingers.

  • Clinograph

    [klahy-nuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈklaɪ nəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/ noun 1. (in mining, construction, etc.) an instrument that records the deviation of boreholes or the like from the vertical. 2. Drafting. a pair of straightedges hinged together so as to be adjustable to any angle.

  • Clinoid process

    clinoid process cli·noid process (klī’noid’) n. Any of three pairs of bony projections, designated anterior, middle, and superior, from the sphenoid bone.

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