law of thermodynamics


Medical Definition of law of thermodynamics

1 : conservation of energy

called also first law of thermodynamics

2 : a law in physics: mechanical work can be derived from the heat in a body only when the body is able to communicate with another at a lower temperature or all actual spontaneous processes result in an increase of total entropy

called also second law of thermodynamics

3 : a law in physics: at the absolute zero of temperature the entropy of any pure crystalline substance is zero and its derivative with respect to temperature is zero

called also third law of thermodynamics

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“Law of thermodynamics.” The Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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