chatelier principle

Le Châtelier principle

[luh shaht-l-yey]
noun Physics.
the law that if a constraint is applied to a system in equilibrium, the system adjusts to a new equilibrium that tends to counteract the constraint.

Origin:
1910–15; see lechatelierite

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le chatelier principle

noun
the principle that if any change is imposed on a system that is in equilibrium then the system tends to adjust to a new equilibrium counteracting the change [syn: Le Chatelier's principle
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