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Meaning of diatonic

di•a•ton•ic

Pronunciation: (dī"u-ton'ik), [key]
— adj. Music.
  1. noting those scales that contain five whole tones and two semitones, as the major, minor, and certain modal scales.
  2. of or pertaining to the tones, intervals, or harmonies of such scales.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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