law of Laplace
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law of Laplace(lah-plhas′)
[Pierre-Simon Laplace, Fr. scientist, 1749–1827]
A law stating that pressure within a tube is inversely proportional to the radius. The larger the diameter of a tubular structure, the less chance that it will rupture when subjected to an increase in pressure.
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