Meaning of zeitgeber in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzʌɪtɡeɪbə/


  • A rhythmically occurring natural phenomenon which acts as a cue in the regulation of the body's circadian rhythms.

    ‘And while light is a common zeitgeber, other external stimuli can play this role as well.’
    • ‘Consider one zeitgeber that virtually all businesses share: the quarterly business calendar.’
    • ‘Scientists call external time cues zeitgebers.’
    • ‘You are in conflict with all of the zeitgebers around you, and your need to work preserves this conflict.’
    • ‘In the natural environment, there is often more than one zeitgeber acting at the same time.’
    • ‘Future studies will be required to answer these important questions, as well to identify the major zeitgebers affecting the circadian clock of the heart.’
    • ‘The major zeitgebers pertinent to athletic performance include diet, daylight and temperature, exercise, social interactions, and drugs.’
    • ‘Several candidates have been suggested as the zeitgebers for peripheral clocks, including glucocorticoids, retinoic acid and melatonin.’
    • ‘Much remains to be learned about zeitgebers for these tissues.’
    • ‘All zeitgebers mirror the cycle length of the earth's rotation and they therefore shaped circadian systems as they evolved.’
    signal, sign, indication, prompt, reminder, prompting


1950s from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’.