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steady state

  1. physics the condition of a system when some or all of the quantities describing it are independent of time but not necessarily in thermodynamic or chemical equilibriumSee also equilibrium (def. 6)
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Historical Examples

  • The pulsing, steady-state equation of the universe maintained its knife-edge and inevitable thermo-dynamic balance.

    General Max Shorter

    Kris Ottman Neville

steady state in Medicine

steady state

  1. A state obtained in moderate muscular exercise when the removal of lactic acid by oxidation keeps pace with its production.
  2. A condition in which the formation of substances keeps pace with their destruction so that all volumes, concentrations, pressures, and flows remain constant.
  3. A stable condition that does not change over time or in which change in one direction is continually balanced by change in another.
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steady state in Science

steady state

  1. A condition of a physical system or device that does not change over time, or in which any one change is continually balanced by another, such as the stable condition of a system in equilibrium.
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