katabatic

katabatic
/kat'euh bat"ik/, adj. Meteorol.
(of a wind or air current) moving downward or down a slope. Cf. anabatic (def. 1).
[1915-20; < Gk katabatikós pertaining to going down, equiv. to kata- KATA- + ba- (s. of baínein to go; see BASIS) + -tikos -TIC]

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