shock wave

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shock wave

1. A compression wave produced by a shock such as an earthquake or explosion that is characterized by a sudden change in air pressure, density, and velocity.
2. An electromagnetic or sonic shock wave focused at a specific target (e.g., within the body).
3. A sudden disruption. See: extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy; shock wave
See also: wave
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Notice that the formation of the shock wave is accompanied by the formation of a weak-amplitude reflected wave of negative polarity (such a wave with an amplitude of 0.
Musicians sitting in front of the trombone or trumpet have suffered from these shock waves," he added.
2009) and the present study verified that the optimum supersonic decompression before shock waves occurred obeyed the homogeneous equilibrium model.
0] is the undisturbed density ahead of the shock wave.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy breaks up and removes calcification deposits through primary and secondary processes.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has renewed a major grant which will allow Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to continue scrutinizing the long-term effects of shock wave lithotripsy in the treatment of kidney stones.
According to theory, the heat generated by the shock waves forces free oxygen in interstellar clouds to react with the much more abundant hydrogen to form water.
Even Les (played by Bruce Jones) is hit by shock waves tonight when he starts work as a security guard.
The 66 peer-reviewed papers cover topics such as: shock waves, detonation and combustion, materials processing, numerical simulation and high strain-rate phenomena.
Based on infrared images, the team estimates that 10 to 20 percent of the dust made in Sagittarius A East survived both the initial (reddish orange) and reverse (blue) shock waves.
This graduate textbook/reference explains methods for deriving structural properties of curved shock waves under different conditions.