A unit of force that, acting on a mass of one gram, increases its velocity by one centimeter per second every second along the direction that it acts.
- The centimeter-gram-second system quantifies pressure in dynes per square centimeter.
- Water's surface tension is about 73 dynes / cm.
- These cells were then perfused at a physiologic shear stress of 2.5 dynes / cm 2 and the number of adherent cells per minute was determined.
Late 19th century: from French, from Greek dunamis 'force, power'.
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