van der Waals' equation

or van der Waals equation

[van der wahlz, wawlz; Dutch vahn duhr vahls]

noun Thermodynamics.

an equation of state relating the pressure, volume, and absolute temperature of a gas, taking into account the finite size of the molecules and the attractive force between them.

Origin of van der Waals' equation

named after J. D. van der Waals (1837–1923), Dutch scientist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019