One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cue given by the environment, such as a change in light or temperature, to reset the internal body clock.
signal, sign, indication, prompt, reminder, promptingView synonyms
- ‘Several candidates have been suggested as the zeitgebers for peripheral clocks, including glucocorticoids, retinoic acid and melatonin.’
- ‘Consider one zeitgeber that virtually all businesses share: the quarterly business calendar.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And while light is a common zeitgeber, other external stimuli can play this role as well.’
- ‘The major zeitgebers pertinent to athletic performance include diet, daylight and temperature, exercise, social interactions, and drugs.’
- ‘You are in conflict with all of the zeitgebers around you, and your need to work preserves this conflict.’
- ‘Much remains to be learned about zeitgebers for these tissues.’
- ‘Scientists call external time cues zeitgebers.’
- ‘All zeitgebers mirror the cycle length of the earth's rotation and they therefore shaped circadian systems as they evolved.’
Mid 20th century: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’.
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