1 moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth [ant: direct]
2 of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma [ant: anterograde]
3 going from better to worse [syn: retrogressive]
4 moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction [syn: retral]
1 move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies
2 move in a direction contrary to the usual one; "retrograding planets"
3 move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retreat]
EtymologyAdjective: Middle English from Latin retrogradus. Verb: Latin retrogredi or Late Latin retrogredere (retro- "back" + gradi "walk").
- A degenerate person.
- Feminine plural form of retrogrado
Retrograde is a retreating motion studied in multiple fields:
- Retrograde signaling, in neuroscience
- Retrograde is a type of musical permutation
- Retrograde and direct motion, the movement of an astronomical object
- Retrograde ejaculation, in medicine
- Retrograde menstruation occurs through the fallopian tubes, in medicine
retrograde in Dutch: Retrograad
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