capillarity

noun
cap·​il·​lar·​i·​ty | \ˌka-pə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\
plural capillarities

Definition of capillarity 

1 : the property or state of being capillary

2 : the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary tube) is elevated or depressed depending on the relative attraction of the molecules of the liquid for each other and for those of the solid

First Known Use of capillarity

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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capillarity

noun
cap·​il·​lar·​i·​ty | \ˌkap-ə-ˈlar-ət-ē \
plural capillarities

Medical Definition of capillarity 

: the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary tube) is elevated or depressed depending on the relative attraction of the molecules of the liquid for each other and for those of the solid

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