The tendency of a liquid in a capillary tube or absorbent material to rise or fall as a result of surface tension. Also called capillary action.
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- In applied mathematics he studied optics, electricity, telegraphy, capillarity, elasticity, thermodynamics, potential theory, quantum theory, theory of relativity and cosmology.
- The patients had an elevated number of less efficient type II muscle fibers, whereas muscle fiber cross-sectional areas, capillarity, and mitochondrial volume density were not different between the groups.
- Typically, the assessment of capillarity in patients with COPD has revealed rarefaction.
mid 19th century: from French capillarité, from Latin capillaris 'like a hair' (see capillary).
Definition of capillarity in:
- The US English dictionary