noun, plural vis·cos·i·ties.
- the property of a fluid that resists the force tending to cause the fluid to flow.
- the measure of the extent to which a fluid possesses this property.
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Origin of viscosity
OTHER WORDS FROM viscosityhy·per·vis·cos·i·ty, noun
Words nearby viscosity
Example sentences from the Web for viscosity
A viscous precipitate forms which frequently loses its viscosity when heat is applied.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
The variation of viscosity with strength of solution was also studied with one or two typical gums.
Trea′cle-sleep, a sweet and refreshing sleep; Trea′cliness, viscosity.
What relationship the viscosity of the blood has to the rate and volume of flow is not fully understood.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
These numbers do not show any marked connection between the viscosity, etc., of a gum and its specific rotatory power.
British Dictionary definitions for viscosity
noun plural -ties
- the extent to which a fluid resists a tendency to flow
- Also called: absolute viscosity a measure of this resistance, equal to the tangential stress on a liquid undergoing streamline flow divided by its velocity gradient. It is measured in newton seconds per metre squaredSymbol: η See also kinematic viscosity, specific viscosity