(geology) a theory of earthquakes that envisages gradual deformation of the fault zone without fault slippage until friction is overcome, when the fault suddenly slips to produce the earthquake
noun, Physics. 1. the scattering of particles due to an elastic collision.
- Elastic skin
elastic skin n. See Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
- Elastic strain
elastic strain A form of strain in which the distorted body returns to its original shape and size when the deforming force is removed. See more at strain.
noun, Anatomy. 1. connective tissue consisting chiefly of yellow, elastic fibers and composing certain ligaments and the walls of the arteries. elastic tissue n. Connective tissue in which elastic fibers predominate.