Meaning of mesopause


Pronunciation: (mez'u-pôz", mes'-, mē'zu-, -su-), [key]
— n. Meteorol.
  1. the boundary or transition zone between the mesosphere and the ionosphere. Cf.(def. 1).
  2. the top of the mesosphere, determined by the appearance of a temperature minimum near an altitude of 50 mi. (80 km). Cf.(def. 2).
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