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implosion

 [im-plo´zhun]

im·plo·sion

(im-plō'shŭn),
1. A sudden collapse, as of an evacuated vessel, in which there is a bursting inward rather than outward as in an explosion.
2. A type of behavior therapy, similar to flooding, during which the patient is given massive exposure to extreme anxiety-arousing stimuli by being asked to describe, and thus relive in imagination, those life events or situations typically producing these overwhelming emotional reactions. As the patient does so, the therapist attempts to extinguish the future influence of such unconscious material over the patient's behavior and feelings, and previous avoidance responses to the stimuli are replaced by more appropriate responses.

im·plo·sion

(im-plō'zhŭn)
1. A sudden collapse, as of an evacuated vessel, in which there is a bursting inward rather than outward as in explosion.
2. A type of behavior therapy, similar to flooding, during which the patient is given massive exposure to extreme anxiety-arousing stimuli.

im·plo·sion

(im-plō'zhŭn)
Sudden collapse, as of an evacuated vessel, in which there is a bursting inward rather than outward as in an explosion.
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That's because creating an implosion near every microbe is a tall order, he says.
In a controversial report last March, researchers offered evidence that such a so-called sonoluminescent bubble's implosion attains temperatures and pressures high enough to make atomic nuclei fuse together (SN: 3/9/02, p.
These little implosions can nevertheless be so violent that the compressed gas within a collapsing bubble emits a flash of light (SN: 10/5/96, p.
The relative intensity of the light at different wavelengths is an excellent thermometer for determining the temperature of the metal atoms and, hence, the implosion temperature of the gas inside a collapsing bubble, Suslick notes.
To much of the general public, the wrecking ball swinging on the end of a crane and the implosion of large structures are the images brought to mind when thinking about the demolition industry.