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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012