That region of the atmosphere which lies above the stratopause
and below the mesopause
and in which temperature decreases with increasing height; this is the region in which
the lowest temperatures of the atmosphere occur.
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167
(Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990))
on page 2201
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