Definition of zeitgeber in English:



  • 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



/ˈtsītˌɡābər/ /ˈtsaɪtˌɡeɪbər/ /ˈzītˌɡābər/ /ˈzaɪtˌɡeɪbər/


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