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1. Anatomy A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.
2. Mathematics A set of quantities that obey certain transformation laws relating the bases in one generalized coordinate system to those of another and involving partial derivative sums. Vectors are simple tensors.
[New Latin tēnsor, from Latin tēnsus, past participle of tendere, to stretch; see tense1.]
ten·so′ri·al (-sôr′ē-əl) adj.
1. (Anatomy) anatomy any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
2. (Mathematics) maths a set of components, functions of the coordinates of any point in space, that transform linearly between coordinate systems. For three-dimensional space there are 3r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector
[C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher]
ten•sor(ˈtɛn sər, -sɔr)
1. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
2. a mathematical entity with components that change in a particular way in a transformation from one coordinate system to another.
ten•so′ri•al (-ˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-) adj.
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|Noun||1.||tensor - a generalization of the concept of a vector|
|2.||tensor - any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm|
tensor tympani - a small muscle in the middle ear that tenses to protect the eardrum