viscosity

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noun vis·cos·i·ty \vis-ˈkä-sə-tē\

Definition of viscosity

plural

viscosities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being viscous

  2. 2 :  the property of resistance to flow in a fluid or semifluid

  3. 3 :  the ratio of the tangential frictional force per unit area to the velocity gradient perpendicular to the direction of flow of a liquid —called also coefficient of viscosity

Examples of viscosity in a sentence

  1. <conducted an experiment to determine the viscosity of motor oil>

Origin and Etymology of viscosity

Middle English viscosite, from Anglo-French viscosité, from Medieval Latin viscositat-, viscositas, from Late Latin viscosus viscous


First Known Use: 14th century

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Medical Dictionary

viscosity

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noun vis·cos·i·ty \vis-ˈkäs-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of viscosity

plural

viscosities

  1. 1:  the quality of being viscous; especially :  the property of resistance to flow in a fluid or semifluid

  2. 2:  the ratio of the tangential frictional force per unit area to the velocity gradient perpendicular to the direction of flow of a liquid—called also coefficient of viscosity



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