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giant sea reptile from the Mezozoic, 1879, from Modern Latin (coined 1868 by E.D. Cope), from Greek elasmos “metal plate” (from elan “to strike;” see elastic) + -saurus.


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    [ih-las-tuh ns] /ɪˈlæs təns/ noun, Electricity. 1. the reciprocal of capacitance. /ɪˈlæstəns/ noun 1. (physics) the reciprocal of capacitance. It is measured in reciprocal farads (darafs) elastance e·las·tance (ĭ-lās’təns) n. A measure of the tendency of a hollow organ to recoil toward its original dimensions upon removal of a distending or compressing force. It is […]

  • Elastane

    /ɪˈlæsteɪn/ noun 1. a synthetic fibre characterized by its ability to revert to its original shape after being stretched

  • Elastase

    [ih-las-teys, -taz] /ɪˈlæs teɪs, -tæz/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. a pancreatic protease that catalyzes the hydrolysis of and other related proteins to polypeptides and amino acids. /ɪˈlæsteɪs/ noun 1. an enzyme that digests elastin elastase e·las·tase (ĭ-lās’tās’, -tāz’) n. An enzyme found especially in pancreatic juice that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin.

  • Elastic

    [ih-las-tik] /ɪˈlæs tɪk/ adjective 1. capable of returning to its original length, shape, etc., after being stretched, deformed, compressed, or expanded: an elastic waistband; elastic fiber. 2. spontaneously expansive, as gases. 3. flexible; accommodating; adaptable; tolerant: elastic rules and regulations. 4. springing back or rebounding; springy: He walks with an elastic step. 5. readily recovering […]

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