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Gibbs function

noun
1.
the thermodynamic function of a system that is equal to its enthalpy minus the product of its absolute temperture and entropy: a decrease in the function is equal to the maximum amount of work available exclusive of that due to pressure times volume change during a reversible, isothermal, isobaric process.
Also called Gibbs free energy, thermodynamic potential.
Origin
named after J. W. Gibbs
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Gibbs function

/ɡɪbz/
noun
1.
a thermodynamic property of a system equal to the difference between its enthalpy and the product of its temperature and its entropy. It is usually measured in joules G, (esp US) F Also called Gibbs free energy, free enthalpy Compare Helmholtz function
Word Origin
C19: named after Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839–1903), US physicist and mathematician
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