clino-, clin-, -clinal, -cline, -clinic

(Greek: bed; slope, slant; to lean, leaning; an ecological term; in the sense of a slope or gradient)

1. A reference to an upward fold of stratified rock in which the sides slope down and away from the crest; the oldest rocks are i the center, and the youngest rocks are on the outside.
2. Sloping downward from a common crest in opposite directions, as in an anticline 3. An arch-shaped fold in rock in which rock layers are upwardly convex.

The oldest rock layers form the core of the fold, and outward from the core progressively younger rocks occur.

Anticlines form many excellent hydrocarbon traps, particularly in folds with reservoir-quality rocks in their core and impermeable seals in the outer layers of the fold.

A syncline is the opposite type of fold, having downwardly convex layers with young rocks in the core.

1. Forming a ridge in which strata lean against each other, inclining in opposite directions.
2. An upward fold of stratified rock in which the sides slope down and away from the crest; the oldest rocks are in the center, and the youngest rocks are on the outside.

Oil may occur in the crest of anticlines.

A character gradient; continuous variation in the expression of a character through a series of contiguous populations; clinal.
A deme that forms part of a graded sequence of demes distributed over a given geographical area. A deme is a local interbreeding group; also used loosely to refer to any local group of individuals of a given species.
1. In mining, construction, etc.; an instrument that records the deviation of boreholes or the like from the vertical.
2. A pair of straightedges hinged together so as to be adjustable to any angle.
clinomania (s) (noun), clinomanias (pl)
An excessive or abnormal desire to stay in bed: The older people get, the more clinomanias they have and babies have such tendencies, also .

Of course, when anyone is ill, he or she has a stronger preference for clinomania!

clinophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal fear or strong dislike of going to bed or of beds in general: Those who have clinophobia may have chronic insomnia, night terrors, sleepwalking experiences, or fear of bedwetting.

Some people who have clinophobia associate beds with the horror that they may fall asleep and never wake up again.

An orientation response to a gradient of stimulation; also clinotropic.
declension (di KLEN shuhn) (s) (noun), declensions (pl)
1. A method of categorizing nouns, pronouns, and adjectives regarding their number, their gender, and their grammatical cases: In English class at school, James learned about the declensions or formations of certain nominative forms of words, as with "man", "man's", "men", or "men's"; which he could then use correctly in his essay.

A grammatical case involves such declensions which are used to show their relations to other words: "I" is the nominative case; "me" is the objective case; and "my" is the possessive case.

2. A refusal or a rejection: The declension the teacher made prohibited the children from leaving the group at any time during their field trip to the state fair.
3. A decrease or a waning of something: A declension of Jack’s fitness was noticeable after being in the hospital for two weeks following the operation on his knee.
4. A slope or a downgrade: After climbing up the mountain and enjoying the view, the group's declension back to their cabin took several hours, but they arrived there before it was dark.