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Joseph Antoine Ferdinand, Belgian physicist, 1801-1883. See: Plateau-Talbot law.


A flat elevated segment of a graphic record.
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1. An elevated and usually flat area; a steady and consistent fever appears as a plateau on the patient's chart of vital signs.
2. The stage in training or skill acquisition when progress occurs at a very slow or flat rate in comparison with earlier phases.

ventricular plateau

The flat portion of the record of intraventricular pressure during the end of the ejection phase of ventricular systole.
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Kirklees also wants to install speed plateaux in the village.
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