Definition of lithospheric in US English:

lithospheric

adjective

Geology
  • See lithosphere

    • ‘They are interpreted to have been derived from subduction modified lithospheric and asthenospheric mantle sources.’
    • ‘This suggests that the peralkaline volcanic magma was derived from a lithospheric mantle source that had not been previously depleted in incompatible elements.’
    • ‘Mineral compositions vary as magmas evolve in sub-volcanic, lithospheric magma chambers by assimilation and differentiation.’
    • ‘These features of the Moine succession are instead most consistent with accumulation in a regionally extensive shallow marine basin formed during subsidence following initial lithospheric thinning.’
    • ‘Magmas erupted in continental volcanic arcs typically contain components from many sources in the crust, lithospheric mantle and asthenosphere.’

Pronunciation

lithospheric

/-ˈsfi(ə)r-/