Medical Definition of Tropical cyclone

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

Tropical cyclone: A regionally specific name for a strong tropical cyclone in the Southwest Indian Ocean. Other terms for precisely the same type of storm include hurricane (in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E), typhoon (in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline), severe tropical cyclone (in the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E), and severe cyclonic storm (in the North Indian Ocean).

See: Hurricane supplies kit.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018