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viscoelasticity Line breaks: visco|elas¦ti¦city
Pronunciation: /ˌvɪskəʊɛlaˈstɪsɪti/
/ˌvɪskəʊiːlaˈstɪsɪti/ /ˌvɪskəʊɪlaˈstɪsɪti/

Definition of viscoelasticity in English:


[mass noun] Physics
The property of a substance of exhibiting both elastic and viscous behaviour, the application of stress causing temporary deformation if the stress is quickly removed but permanent deformation if it is maintained.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, several contributions have investigated the potential of phase imaging to detect variations in material properties such as adhesion, elasticity, and viscoelasticity, or to image samples with large vertical dimensions.
  • However, little is known about how these attributes vary with temperature, pressure and shear rate because these measurements are difficult to make for commercial lubricants that have weak viscoelasticity.
  • In comparison with rheological and theoretical studies on viscoelasticity of actin gels, the properties of orientational ordering of actin have been less studied, both theoretically and experimentally.


Example sentences
  • The viscous component in the viscoelastic behavior can be determined by assessing the amount of hysteresis during relaxation after mechanical deformation.
  • Rheometers can also be used to measure viscoelastic properties as well as viscosities.
  • To understand what makes cells simultaneously stiff and oozy - or viscoelastic - biophysicists have mostly relied on large-scale measurements.
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