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vena contracta

[ vee-nuhkuhn-trak-tuh ]
/ ˈvi nə kənˈtræk tə /
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noun, plural ve·nae con·trac·tae [vee-nee kuhn-trak-tee]. /ˈvi ni kənˈtræk ti/. Hydraulics.
any of the locations in a jet of fluid emerging from an orifice where the cross section of the jet is at a minimum, especially the location of minimum cross section nearest the orifice.
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Origin of vena contracta

<New Latin: contracted vein
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