cavitation

noun
cav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌka-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cavitation (audio) \

Definition of cavitation

: the process of cavitating: such as
a : the formation of partial vacuums in a liquid by a swiftly moving solid body (such 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

Examples of cavitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More liquid prevents cavitation in a blender, that annoying phenomenon when an air pocket forms above the blade and keeps it from coming in contact with the food. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2020 Still, the process, called cavitation, could explain longer-range sound production as well, as Edward Farmer, a plant biologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland who wasn’t involved in the study, tells Vaughan. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 2 Dec. 2019 That hole in effect became a second bump in the concrete and spawned its own cycle of cavitation destruction. John D'anna, azcentral, 18 July 2019 And that, in turn, created an even larger hole and more cavitation further down the tunnel. John D'anna, azcentral, 18 July 2019 And that, in turn, created an even larger hole and more cavitation further down the tunnel. John D'anna, azcentral, 18 July 2019 This, the researchers tell us, means that there is agreement between the cavitation model for joint popping and the experimental evidence. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2018 The problem is that the cavitation occurs really fast. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2018 Ninety minutes in the bath, set at a frequency of 40 kHz, gives the surface of each slice of potato micropockets made by cavitation bubbles, which create a maximally crispy exterior, post-frying. Bethany Jean Clement, Town & Country, 1 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of cavitation

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cavitation

cavity + -ation

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“Cavitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavitation. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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cavitation

noun
cav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkav-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cavitation (audio) \

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

Other Words from cavitation

cavitate \ ˈkav-​ə-​ˌtāt How to pronounce cavitation (audio) \ verb cavitated; cavitating

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