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


A flat elevated segment of a graphic record.


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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Araujo QR, Comerford NB, Ogram AV, Al-Agely A, Santos Filho LP, Santos JG (2005) Soil carbon and physical property changes in Brazilian Coastal Tableland soils with land use following deforestation.
Then the winds drop back to nothing, and the fire tenders burn a break on the King's Tableland, and smoke falls over Wentworth Falls and Katoomba and stays the night.
Towards the end of his third journey, in February 1822, Tod passed through Menal (or Mahanal, meaning "great chasm") in the western face of the Kota-Bundi pathar or tableland (figure 8).
They have two properties--one at Malanda in the southern Tableland and one at Lakeland--the furthest north plantation that exists in Australia.
Our pilot study analyses five basalt adzes (FIGURE 2) from three different archaeological sites on the Fengshan raised-coral tableland in southwestern Taiwan.
After doves symbolizing peace had been released, the procession wound its way down from the tableland, through the streets of Panchgani, to Asia Plateau, the Asian centre for Moral Re-Armament.
All samples from coastal tableland soils were analysed after drying, crushing and sieving procedures.
The pasta comes with red claw (crayfish) from the Atherton Tableland, revved up with garlic and chilli.
Three prisoners were returned to Lotus Glen prison on the Tableland and one prisoner and his wife are facing charges relating to the search.
The estate is situated on a tableland with a constant gentle breeze.
Cairns, though, had little to recommend itself apart from the mountain backdrop and the Atherton tableland about an hour's drive away.