elongation

noun elon·ga·tion \ (ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of elongation

1 : the angular distance of a celestial body from another around which it revolves or from a particular point in the sky
2 a : the state of being elongated or lengthened; also : the process of elongating
b : something that is elongated

Examples of elongation in a Sentence

  1. the elongation of artificial fibers in the manufacturing process

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First Known Use of elongation

14th century


Medical Dictionary

elongation

noun elon·ga·tion \ (ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən \

medical Definition of elongation

1 : the state of being elongated or lengthened; also : the process of growing or increasing in length
  • chain elongation in DNA synthesis
  • the elongation of a muscle under tension
2 : something that is elongated


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