metachronous

metachronous
Not synchronous; multiple separate occurrences, such as multiple primary cancers developing at intervals. [meta- + G. chronos, time]

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me·tach·ro·nous mə-'tak-rə-nəs adj
1) not functioning or occurring synchronously <the \metachronous beating of cilia>
2) occurring or starting at different times <\metachronous cancers of the large bowel (Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.)>

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me·tach·ro·nous (mə-takґrə-nəs) [meta- + chrono- + -ous] 1. of ciliary beating, occurring in waves; cf isochronous. 2. term used in oncology to refer to neoplasms that develop later in patients who have had a previous tumor. Cf. asynchronous.

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