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perturbation

[pur′tərbā′shən]
Etymology: L, per + tubare, to disturb
a cause or a condition of disturbance, disorder, or confusion.

per·tur·ba·tion

(pĕrtŭr-bāshŭn)
In physical therapy, an external force applied to a person's center of mass in an attempt to move it from the base of support

perturbation

(pĕr″tĕr-bā′shŭn) [L. perturbare, thoroughly disordered]
1. The state of being greatly disturbed or agitated; uneasiness of mind.
2. A disturbance or a change in a structure or function, usually as a result of an external influence.

perturbation,

n a small disturbance that tips a metastable system over into disorder and chaos.
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