Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being plastic.
  • n. the property of a solid body whereby it undergoes a permanent change in shape or size when subjected to a stress exceeding a particular value (the yield value)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being plastic.
  • n. Plastic force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of being plastic
  • n. Capability of being molded, formed, or modeled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking

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Examples

  • In fact, even using the term plasticity in papers on neuroscience was taboo.

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  • As the science improves, we could see other kinds of cognitive-modification drugs that boost recall, brain plasticity, even empathy and emotional intelligence.

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  • The authors studied the outer reaches of the field of “human performance modification” — including brain-computer interfaces, neuro-pharmaceuticals, and “brain plasticity” — in search of advances that may have military applications.

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  • Fortunately though, brain plasticity studies have shown the brain can rewire itself into old age, and even add new cells in response to stimulation.

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  • Zachriel: Your previous claim of "reduced morphological plasticity" is not supported and you have been provided many examples of recent evolutionary change.

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  • Your previous claim of "reduced morphological plasticity" is not supported and you have been provided many examples of recent evolutionary change.

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  • Proteins can evolve new functions because they have inherent flexibility in plasticity residues for future benefit, but I don't think you can get an IC system from accumulation of small random variations.

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  • Getting our brains to wire up properly requires experience during an early critical period of development, and understanding the mechanisms of this experience-dependent plasticity is critical for understanding human development, its disorders, and for designing strategies that promote optimal cognitive development during early childhood, explained author and neuroscientist Gina Turrigiano.

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  • Its plasticity is a danger as well as an advantage.

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  • From this the latter acquires a certain plasticity, it gives the body and its constituent parts the necessary stability and is ever ready.

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