zeitgeber

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Zeitgeber, from Zeit (time) + Geber (giver).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtsʌɪtɡeɪbə/, /ˈzʌɪtɡeɪbə/

Noun[edit]

zeitgeber (plural zeitgebers or zeitgeber)

  1. (physiology) A rhythmically occurring cue given by the environment, such as a change in light or temperature, to reset the internal body clock. [from 20th c.]
    • 2017, Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep, Penguin 2018, p. 18:
      Thus, while light is the most reliable and thus the primary zeitgeber, there are many factors that can be used in addition to, or in the absence of, daylight.