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plasticity

[pla-stis-i-tee] /plæˈstɪs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being plastic.
2.
the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form:
the plasticity of social institutions; the great plasticity of clay.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; plastic + -ity
Related forms
nonplasticity, noun
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Examples from the web for plasticity
  • Growth exhibits a broad range of plasticity in the absence of natural selection.
  • And this he does with a fine achievement of pictorial plasticity and power.
  • plasticity in neural processes is a feature of brains.
  • The story of reading's development is a complex tale of equal parts human invention and neural plasticity.
  • The rigidity of human reason was no match for the plasticity of microbes.
  • The experiment revealed unexpected plasticity in the mammalian brain.
  • These qualities give it a remarkable plasticity but prevent it from being thrown on a pottery wheel.
  • Homeostatic plasticity drives tinnitus perception in an animal model.
  • The plasticity of the brain provides life-course opportunities for resilience and enhanced mental health.
  • But the existence of neural plasticity does not mean the brain is a blob of clay pounded into shape by experience.
British Dictionary definitions for plasticity

plasticity

/plæˈstɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
2.
(in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional
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Word Origin and History for plasticity

1782, from plastic + -ity.

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