aero-, aer-, aeri-
(Greek: air, mist, wind)
2. Pertaining to an aircraft, especially a balloon or dirigible, deriving its lift from the buoyancy of surrounding air rather than from the motion in the air.
2. The science of aircraft that are lighter than air; for example, dirigibles and balloons.
2. The directed movement of a motile organism towards (positive) or away from (negative) an air-liquid interface, or a concentration gradient of dissolved oxygen.
2. The branch of dynamics dealing with the study of the relationship between heat and mechnical energy in air and other gases.
3. The study of the relationship of heat and mechanical energy in gases, especially air.
2. Therapeutic use of warmed air currents conveyed over the surface of the body.
2. Ottic barotrauma caused by abrupt atmospheric pressure changes; such as, may affect the crew and passengers of aircraft during flight, particularly during descent.
3. Inflammation of the ear caused by pressure changes when auditory tubes are obstructed which occurs commonly in aviators and divers.
2. Able to survive or to grow slowly in an aerobic environment; said of certain anaerobic micro-organisms.
2. An instrument for estimating the tension or pressure of a gas.
2. The growth or movement of an organism toward an air supply; such as, an air bubble in a bacterial culture chamber.
3. The reaction to gases, generally to oxygen, particularly the growth curvature of roots or other parts of plants to changes in oxygen tension.
2. An airport city core and an outlying area of business stretching along transportation corridors.
Also called an aviation city or an airport city. In its purest form, the aerotropolis is an economic hub that extends out from a large airport into a surrounding area which consists mostly of distribution centers, office buildings, light manufacturing firms, convention centers, and hotels, all linked to the airport via roads, expressways (aerolinks), and rail lines (aerotrains). This business-centered version of the aerotropolis is also called an air-commerce cluster or an airport cluster.
Although the plural of metropolis is often rendered as metropolises, the plural of aerotropolis isn't aerotropolises; instead, it is aerotropoli. The difference is probably because more people are now using metropoli as the plural of metropolis, a usage change that dictionaries have not incorporated, yet; although it has been in usage since about 1978.
Etymologically, the problem with the creation of this new word is that the coinage has torn off a piece of metro [tro], "mother" and added it to aero, "air" and then added polis, "city"; making it more complicated than necessary. It would have been better to make the word aeropolis (s), aeropoli (pl), "air city".
2. A urethroscope which distends the urethra with air for medical inspection.