One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the equilibrium of liquids and the pressure exerted by liquid at rest.‘the hydrostatic pressure of the cell’
- ‘This is best achieved by a constant hydrostatic pressure exerted by the fluid itself.’
- ‘Evidently, as the water slowly receded in the city, the museum's ground floor took on water from hydrostatic pressure through cracks in the concrete slab.’
- ‘As hydrostatic pressure continues to increase, fluid begins to accumulate in the pleural space resulting in pleural effusions.’
- ‘Plants used for measuring osmotic water flow were also employed to measure hydraulic conductivity of root systems in the presence of hydrostatic pressure gradients.’
- ‘In operation, hydrostatic head pressure forces stormwater flow into the housing where primary separation of insoluble contaminants occurs.’
Late 17th century: probably from Greek hudrostatēs ‘hydrostatic balance’, from hudro- ‘water’ + statikos (see static).
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