stalagmometermedical dictionary

<instrument>

An instrument for determining exactly the number of drops in a given quantity of liquid; used as a measure of the surface tension of a fluid (the lower the tension, the smaller the drops and, consequently, the more numerous in a given quantity of the fluid).

Synonyms: stactometer.

Origin: G. Stalagma, a drop, + metron, measure

(05 Mar 2000)

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