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Equilibrium

Definition

noun, plural: equilibriums or equilibria

(1) The condition in which all acting influences are balanced or canceled by equal opposing forces, resulting in a stable system.

(2) The state of balance or static; the absence of net tendency to change.


Supplement

Equilibrium in biology may refer to the following:

In chemistry, equilibrium may refer to:

In physics, it may refer to:


Word origin: Latin aequilībrium : aequi-, equi- + lībra (balance).

Synonyms:

  • balance
  • stability
  • steadiness
  • equipoise

See also: equilibrioception

Related terms:

  • Equilibrium constant
  • Equilibrium centrifugation
  • Equilibrium potential

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