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

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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, "Cavitation dilemma resolved in knuckle-cracking model," 5 Apr. 2018 The problem is that the cavitation occurs really fast. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Cavitation dilemma resolved in knuckle-cracking model," 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, "Quantum Kitchen," 1 Jan. 2012 As the hammer presses into the pocket, a cavitation bubble of air is released that rushes out from the claw at about 62 miles per hour. Ben Raines |,, "Watch pistol-packing shrimp have a gunfight," 16 May 2017 This seemingly mundane appliance is actually a cavitation chamber. Daniela Hernandez, WIRED, "Video: How Your Blender Uses Physics to Make a Smoothie," 8 Mar. 2013

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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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The first known use of cavitation was in 1895

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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 cavitate (audio) \ verb cavitated; cavitating

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