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creep

 [krēp]
1. a physical property of materials that results in progressive deformation when a constant load is applied over time; it allows soft tissues to tolerate applied loads by lengthening.
2. to move along the ground using the arms and legs for propulsion. The trunk does not touch the ground.

creep

(krēp),
Any time-dependent strain developing in a material or an object in response to the application of a force or stress.
Cosmetic surgery A phenomenon that occurs in scalp reduction surgery after excision of a large area of alopecia, in which the skin slowly expands in response to a continuous force—e.g., the suture line at the point of closure
Managed care DRG creep
Materials science Cold flow A time-dependent strain or deformation of a material in response to a continuous force or constant stress; creep is of interest to orthopaedists who place prosthetic devices in weight-bearing regions—e.g., polyethylene components of artificial joints
Physiology A slow, continued lengthening of a muscle following a first phase of muscle lengthening
Vox populi A ne’er do well

creep

(krēp, krēp)
Progressive deformation of a material due to exposure to constant load over an extended period.
[M.E. crepen, fr. A.S. crēopan]

creep

(krēp)
Any time-dependent strain developing in a material or an object in response to the application of a force or stress.
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