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cavitation

noun cav·i·ta·tion \ˌka-və-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of CAVITATION

:  the process of cavitating: as
a :  the formation of partial vacuums in a liquid by a swiftly moving solid body (as a propeller) or by high-intensity sound waves; also :  the pitting and wearing away of solid surfaces (as of metal or concrete) as a result of the collapse of these vacuums in surrounding liquid
b :  the formation of cavities in an organ or tissue especially in disease

Origin of CAVITATION

cavity + -ation
First Known Use: 1895

cavitation

noun cav·i·ta·tion \ˌkav-ə-ˈtā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CAVITATION

1
:  the process of cavitating; especially :  the formation of cavities in an organ or tissue especially in disease
2
:  a cavity formed by cavitation
cav·i·tate \ˈkav-ə-ˌtāt\ verb, cav·i·tat·ed cav·i·tat·ing

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