aero-, aer-, aeri-

(Greek: air, mist, wind)

aerologist (s) (noun), aerologists (pl)
A specialist in the branch of meteorology concerned with the study of air, especially in the upper atmosphere: Linda's father was an aerologist and did research on total atmospheric meteorology as opposed to surface-based applications.
aerology (s) (noun), aerologies (pl)
The scientific study of atmospheric conditions at heights which are unaffected by the friction of the earth's surface: Aerology is the branch of meteorology that studies the total vertical extent of the earth's atmosphere as opposed to the atmosphere which is close to the earth's surface.

The most commonly studied atmospheric factors in aerology are air temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind, and ozone levels. Radioactivity and some aspects of long-wave radiation are also in the process of being researched.

aeromagnetics (s) (noun) (no pl)
The scientific study of the earth's magnetic characteristics as measured from the air: Aeromagnetics is especially interesting and can be exciting when it pertains to thunderstorms!
aeromancy (s) (noun), aeromancies (pl)
Fortune telling by observing substances in the air or wind, such as cloud shapes, weather conditions, and atmospheric phenomena (comets, etc.); austromancy: An aeromancy is divination that involves the direction of the wind like throwing sand or dirt in the wind after asking a question and receiving the answer in the form of the dust cloud, or throwing a handful of seeds into the air and receiving the answer to a question from the pattern created by the fallen seeds.

For many centuries, humans believed that the wind was actually the breath of their deities. Alternately, some thought that specific types of winds, particularly hot winds, were the work of demons.

In medieval writings on divination, the term aeromancy (usually spelled "aerimancy") was expanded to include almost all phenomena occurring in the air, such as forecasting the weather.

aeromantist (s) (noun), aeromantists (pl)
An individual who foretells the future by examining air or atmospheric conditions: An aeromantist can be a weather forecaster.or a person who believes in being able to interpret a person's future by observing the characteristics in the atmosphere.
aeromechanics (s) (noun) (no pl)
The scientific study of air and other gases in motion or in equilibrium: Aeromechanics deals with the effect of solid bodies in the flow of the air and gases.

Aeromechanics also includes the two distinct branches of aerodynamics and aerostatics.

aeromedical (adjective) (not comparable)
Regarding medical concerns related to air traffic: Sometimes an aeromedical evacuation is necessary for armed forces in foreign countries.
aeromedicine (s) (noun) (no pl)
Aviation medicine: Aeromedicine concerns the diseases and disorders that arise from flying and includes the physiological and psychological issues that might occur.
aerometer (s) (noun), aerometers (pl)
An instrument for weighing air or for estimating the density of gas: An aerometer is especially valuable for determining the weight or denseness, or compactness, of air.
aerometric (adjective), more aerometric, most aerometric
Pertaining to any measurement of physical features or characteristics of air: Aerometric calculations of air involve the temperature, pressure, condensation, refraction, and its velocity.
aerometry (s) (noun) (no pl)
The branch of physics that deals with measuring the weight or density of air and gases; pneumatics: Aerometry is concerned with the mechanical properties of air and other gases, including their weight, elasticity, refraction, condensation, pressure, and weight.
aeromorphosis (s) (noun), aeromorphoses (pl)
The modification of a form or structure because of exposure to air or wind: Aeromophosis can be exemplified by the changing shapes, contours, and appearance of sand dunes in a desert resulting from varying air currents and wind.
aeronausiphobia (s) (noun), aeronausiphobias (pl)
An abnormal apprehension about being in airplanes or the abhorrence of throwing up because of airsickness: People who have aeronausiphobia are really afraid that they might vomit, or see others regurgitating, and they may also be very nervous about being nauseatedĀ themselves because of flying or of seeing others who are afflicted with the illness.

Someone who has aeronausiphobia is absolutely fearful about the possibility of the aircraft flying through turbulent air as it rises and drops abruptly which would cause him or her to be overwhelmed and to vomit.

aeronaut (s) (noun), aeronauts (pl)
1. The pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft; "air sailor": Randolph's father was an aeronaut or, in other words, an operator a balloon!
2. A traveler in an airship: The pilot spoke to the aeronauts and hoped they would all have a great trip on board his zeppelin!
aeronautic (adjective), more aeronautic, most aeronautic
Relating to aerial navigation; aeronautical: Mark's brother had a job with an aeronautic company designing and building flying machines!

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Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind": aello-; aeolo-; anemo-; atmo-; austro-; flat-, flatu-; phys-; pneo-, -pnea; pneumato-; turb-; vent-; zephyro-.