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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Examples of plasticity in a Sentence

we chose that type of clay for its greater plasticity
Recent Examples on the Web Neuronal plasticity and learning require active training. Susan R. Barry, WSJ, 18 June 2021 This plasticity prompted the researchers to speculate the potential binding of antiviral nucleoside analogs. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Overall, the structural changes revealed the potential intrinsic plasticity of the macrodomain, especially within its ribose-phosphate binding pocket, indicating the potential binding of ligands. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Without early language development, as Booth notes, the human mind cannot fully develop, and many children taught orally acquire little or no language during the crucial window of brain plasticity. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Much more research is needed to gain a better understanding of the balance between extra body part use, brain plasticity, and motor control of both the body and the device. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 19 May 2021 What is more, this plasticity is particularly evident during our formative years. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Scientists have a name for it when a person deficient in one of the five senses sees the others sharpen: cross-modal plasticity. Gordon Jones, New York Times, 11 May 2021 Similarly, in our fruit flies, removing the cellular brakes on plasticity permanently impaired their crawling behavior. Sarah Degenova Ackerman, The Conversation, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of plasticity

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of plasticity was in 1727

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21 Jun 2021

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“Plasticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasticity. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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plasticity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plasticity

technical : the quality of being able to be made into different shapes

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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