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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The crystals also appear hot, evidence that they were created in a high-temperature process, but not by shock heating.