plasticity

noun
plas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ pla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce plasticity (audio) \

Definition of plasticity

1 : the quality or state of being plastic especially : capacity for being molded or altered
2 : the ability to retain a shape attained by pressure deformation
3 : the capacity of organisms with the same genotype to vary in developmental pattern, in phenotype, or in behavior according to varying environmental conditions
4 : the capacity for continuous alteration of the neural pathways and synapses of the living brain and nervous system in response to experience or injury

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we chose that type of clay for its greater plasticity
Recent Examples on the Web Today, it's widely understood that the brain is capable of plasticity -- the ability to reorganize its structure, functions or connections -- throughout life. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 For example, keeping an animal in complete darkness slows the development of PNNs on vision neurons, keeping open the critical period for neural plasticity to correct vision problems much longer. Quanta Magazine, 28 July 2022 The technique aims to change the timing of brain cell activity and to direct the brain’s ability to rewire its neural circuitry, a phenomenon known as plasticity, according to Shrey Grover, a co-author of the new study. Aylin Woodward And Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2022 Neural plasticity is the ability of neural networks to change in response to experiences in life or to repair themselves after brain injury. Quanta Magazine, 28 July 2022 The extraordinary plasticity of the juvenile brain, its ability to recover and adapt, offers hope. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 That the gulls appear to be proliferating is a function of their high behavioral plasticity. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Each brain is unique, resilient, and compensates in different ways in response to damage or dysfunction — a phenomenon known as plasticity, and the reference charts are based on measures of brain structure, not function. Kasra Zarei, STAT, 18 June 2022 The brain plasticity theory may explain why infants and young children, whose brains are still developing, need so much sleep. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plasticity

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plasticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasticity. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for plasticity

plasticity

noun
plas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ pla-ˈstis-ət-ē How to pronounce plasticity (audio) \
plural plasticities

Medical Definition of plasticity

1 : the quality or state of being plastic especially : capacity for being molded or altered
2 : the ability to retain a shape attained by pressure deformation
3 : the capacity of organisms with the same genotype to vary in developmental pattern, in phenotype, or in behavior according to varying environmental conditions
4 : the capacity for continuous alteration of the neural pathways and synapses of the living brain and nervous system in response to experience or injury that involves the formation of new pathways and synapses and the elimination or modification of existing ones

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