capillarity

[ kap-uh-lar-i-tee ]
/ ˌkæp əˈlær ɪ ti /
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noun

Also called capillary action, capillary attraction. Physics. a manifestation of surface tension by which the portion of the surface of a liquid coming in contact with a solid is elevated or depressed, depending on the adhesive or cohesive properties of the liquid.

Nearby words

  1. capillaceous,
  2. capillarectasia,
  3. capillaries,
  4. capillariomotor,
  5. capillaritis,
  6. capillaropathy,
  7. capillary,
  8. capillary action,
  9. capillary arteriole,
  10. capillary attraction

Origin of capillarity

First recorded in 1820–30; capillary + -ty2

Related formsnon·cap·il·lar·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for capillarity

capillarity

/ (ˌkæpɪˈlærɪtɪ) /

noun

a phenomenon caused by surface tension and resulting in the distortion, elevation, or depression of the surface of a liquid in contact with a solidAlso called: capillary action
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Word Origin and History for capillarity

capillarity

n.

1806, from French capillarité, from Latin capillaris (see capillary).

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Medicine definitions for capillarity

capillarity

[ kăp′ə-lărĭ-tē ]

n.

The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape.

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