Laplace's law


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Laplace's law

[läpläs′]
Etymology: Pierre S. de Laplace, French physicist, 1749-1827
a principle of physics that the tension on the wall of a sphere is the product of the pressure times the radius of the chamber and the tension is inversely related to the thickness of the wall.

Laplace's law

a law that, like the bernoulli principle, accounts for the higher wall tension in an arterial aneurysm.
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According to Laplace's law, wall tension is directly proportional to the intramural pressure and colon diameter.
This mechanism could provide a possible explanation for the physiologic adaptation of the heart to its gravitational environment that is based upon simple physical forces as described by Laplace's Law.