Definition of tectonophysics in US English:


plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of geophysics that deals with the forces that cause movement and deformation in the earth's crust.

    • ‘Plate tectonics and tectonophysics are disciplines of Earth Science which describe the motions of the Earth's crust and the associated driving mechanisms of such motion.’
    • ‘This paper reviews the recent progress in the studies of experimental rock mechanics and tectonophysics concerning seismology and physics of the Earth's interior in China.’
    • ‘Tectonophysics is aimed at incoming graduate students and senior undergraduates, and examines the basic physical processes of the dynamic Earth.’


1950s: from tectonics + physics.