Hydrostatic pressure

Definition

noun

The pressure exerted or transmitted by the fluid (e.g. water) at rest.


Supplement

Hydrostatic pressure increases directly with the density and the depth of the fluid.


Word origin: hydrostatic » Greek, comb. form of hýdōr, water, New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand; pressure » Latin pressūra.

See also: osmotic pressure.

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