Definition of neritic in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /nɪˈrɪtɪk/


Biology & Geology
Relating to or denoting the shallow part of the sea near a coast and overlying the continental shelf.
Example sentences
  • It is on the continental shelves where shelf, epeiric, neritic, or epicontinental sediments are deposited.
  • Permian shelf-type successions there pass into Triassic sandstones and shales with detached Permian limestone blocks, overlain by Upper Triassic neritic carbonates.
  • The neritic zone is the first 200 meters of ocean water, which includes the seashore and most of the continental shelf.


Late 19th century: from nerite + -ic.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ner|it¦ic

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.