Medical Dictionary

Hooke's law

noun \ˈhks-\

Medical Definition of HOOKE'S LAW

:  a statement in physics: the stress within an elastic solid up to the elastic limit is proportional to the strain responsible for it

Biographical Note for HOOKE'S LAW

Hooke, Robert (1635–1703), British physicist. Hooke was an outstanding scientist who did research in a great number of diverse areas. In 1660 he discovered the law which now bears his name. This law laid the basis for studies of stress and strain in elastic solids.


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