periodic [pir΄ē äd′ik]
[MFr periodique < L periodicus < Gr periodikos]
1. occurring, appearing, or recurring at regular intervals [a periodic fever]
2. occurring from time to time; intermittent
3. of or characterized by periods [the periodic motion of a planet]
4. of, characterized by, or expressed in periodic sentences

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