One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The cgs unit of kinematic viscosity, corresponding to a dynamic viscosity of 1 poise and a density of 1 gram per cubic centimetre, equivalent to 10⁻⁴ square metres per second.
- ‘More specifically, the invention has been found to be useful for liquids with kinematic viscosities less than ten stokes.’
Mid 20th century: from the name of Sir G. Stokes (see Stokes' law).
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