creep

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creep

COSMETIC SURGERY

Definition A phenomenon that occurs in scalp reduction surgery after excision of a large area of alopecia, in which the skin slowly expands (creeps) in response to a continuous force–e.g., the suture line at the point of closure

MANAGED CARE See DRG creep 

MATERIALS SCIENCE

Definition A time-dependent strain or deformation of a material in response to a continuous force or constant stress.

Comment Creep is of interest to orthopaedists who place prosthetic devices in weight-bearing regions–e.g., polyethylene components of artificial joints

Synonyms Cold flow

MEDSPEAK

noun A barely perceptible movement in a particular direction

verb To move slowly in a particular direction

PHYSIOLOGY

Definition A popular term for the slow, continued lengthening of a muscle after an initial phase of muscle lengthening

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_contracture

VOX POPULI

Definition A popular term for an unpopular person, ne’er-do-well or bum

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