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capillarity

 [kap″ĭ-lar´ĭ-te]
the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid, as in a capillary tube, is elevated or depressed.

cap·il·lar·i·ty

(kap'i-lar'i-tē),
The rise of liquids in narrow tubes or through the pores of a loose material, as a result of capillary action.

capillarity

/cap·il·lar·i·ty/ (kap″ĭ-lar´ĭ-te) the action by which the surface of a liquid in contact with a solid, as in a capillary tube, is elevated or depressed.

capillarity

cap·il·lar·i·ty

(kap'i-lar'i-tē)
The rise of liquids in narrow tubes or through the pores of a loose material, as a result of capillary attraction.

capillarity

the action by which the surface of a liquid (usually water) is elevated when in contact with a solid surface by attraction of molecules between the liquid and solid surfaces. When the liquid is in a narrow container (e.g. a capillary tube) the level of water will rise considerably, but capillarity can also occur in such structures as soils, causing a rise in the water table. Capillarity has been suggested as the explanation of water ascent in XYLEM vessels in plants, but is not considered to exert a significant effect. Compare COHESION/TENSION HYPOTHESIS, ROOT PRESSURE.

cap·il·lar·i·ty

(kap'i-lar'i-tē)
The rise of liquids in narrow tubes or through the pores of a loose material, as a result of capillary action.

capillarity (kap´iler´itē),

n the phenomenon by which a film of fluid is drawn and held between two closely approximating surfaces.

capillarity

the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid, as in a capillary tube, is elevated or depressed.