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From the Latin circā (“about”) and diēs (“a day”) with the English suffix -an. Compare circannual.
circadian (comparative more circadian, superlative most circadian)
- (biology) of, relating to, or showing rhythmic behaviour with a period of 24 hours; especially of a biological process
- 2000, Arnold Sameroff, et al., Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, page 310
- The circadian clock is involved in the regulation of the diurnal sleep-wake cycle, […].
- 2002, Jill B. Becker, Behavioral Endocrinology, page 483
- To summarize, the circadian system, particularly the SCN, controls the circadian pattern of melatonin release in mammals.
- 2005, Paul Martin, Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams, page 114
- The most obvious circadian rhythm is the daily cycle of sleep and activity.