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surface tension

surface tension

noun

: the force that causes the molecules on the surface of a liquid to be pushed together and form a layer

Full Definition of SURFACE TENSION

:  the attractive force exerted upon the surface molecules of a liquid by the molecules beneath that tends to draw the surface molecules into the bulk of the liquid and makes the liquid assume the shape having the least surface area

First Known Use of SURFACE TENSION

1876

Rhymes with SURFACE TENSION

surface tension

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SURFACE TENSION

:  the attractive force exerted upon the surface molecules of a liquid by the molecules beneath that tends to draw the surface molecules into the bulk of the liquid and makes the liquid assume the shape having the least surface area

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