Definition of metachronous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəˈkrəʊnəs/ /mɪˈtakrənəs/ /mɛˈtakrənəs/


  • 1Biology
    = metachronal .

  • 2Geography
    Of or relating to a geographical or palaeobiological feature which is composed of several parts formed at different times.

  • 3Medicine
    Occurring sequentially or subsequently rather than simultaneously; especially designating a neoplasm that occurs as a later primary (rather than as a synchronous primary or a metastasis).


Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From meta- + -chronous.