adjective Geology relating to or denoting the aeon covering the whole of time since the beginning of the Cambrian period about 570 million years ago (comprising the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras).
C19: from Gk phaneros 'visible, evident' + zōion 'animal' + -ic.

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  • Phanerozoic — [fan΄ər ə zō′ik] adj. [< Gr phaneros (see PHANEROGAM) + ZOIC] [sometimes p ] designating or of the geologic eon usually subdivided into the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras designating or of the geologic eon usually subdivided into the… …   English World dictionary

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  • Phanerozoic — noun the period from about 5,400 million years ago until the present • Syn: ↑Phanerozoic eon, ↑Phanerozoic aeon • Instance Hypernyms: ↑eon, ↑aeon • Part Meronyms: ↑Cenozoic, ↑Cenozoic era …   Useful english dictionary

  • Phanerozoic — adjective Etymology: Greek phaneros + English 2 zoic Date: 1930 of, relating to, or being an eon of geologic history that comprises the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic or the corresponding systems of rocks see geologic time table • Phanerozoic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Phanerozoic — 1. adjective Of, or relating to the geologic eon from about 570 million years ago to the present; comprises the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. 2. noun The Phanerozoic eon …   Wiktionary

  • Phanerozoic — adj. pertaining to the Phanerozoic era (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Phanerozoic — /fan euhr euh zoh ik/, Geol. n. 1. the eon comprising the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras. adj. 2. of or pertaining to this eon. [1925 30; < Gk phaneró(s) manifest, visible + ZO + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • phanerozoic —   the current eon of geologic time that began 2500m years ago …   Geography glossary

  • phanerozoic — phan·er·o·zo·ic …   English syllables

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