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surface tension

noun

Simple Definition of surface tension

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of surface tension

  1. :  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

1876

First Known Use of surface tension

1876


Medical Dictionary

surface tension

noun

Medical Definition of surface tension

  1. :  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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