- a region that is isolated from its surroundings by a boundary that admits no transfer of matter or energy across it.
Compare open system.
Origin of closed system
First recorded in 1895–1900
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- A physical system that does not interact with other systems. A closed system obeys the conservation laws in its physical description. Also called isolated system Compare open system.
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