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A unit of dynamic fluidity in the cgs system, defined variously as the reciprocal of the poise or the centipoise. Also: a unit of kinematic fluidity in the cgs system, defined as the reciprocal of the centistokes (rare).
1920s; earliest use found in Science. From ancient Greek ῥέος stream: see quot. 1924.
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