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1. The sudden formation and collapse of low-pressure bubbles in liquids by means of mechanical forces, such as those resulting from rotation of a marine propeller.
2. The pitting of a solid surface.
3. Medicine The formation of cavities in a body tissue or an organ, especially those formed in the lung as a result of tuberculosis.
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1. (General Physics) the formation of vapour- or gas-filled cavities in a flowing liquid when tensile stress is superimposed on the ambient pressure
2. the formation of cavities in a structure
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cav•i•ta•tion(ˌkæv ɪˈteɪ ʃən)
1. the rapid formation and collapse of vapor pockets in a flowing liquid in regions of very low pressure, often causing structural damage to propellers, pumps, etc.
2. the formation of cavities, esp in a part of the body.
cav′i•tate`, v.t., v.i. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
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The sudden formation and bursting of bubbles in a liquid caused by mechanical forces, such as the moving blades of a ship's propeller.
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