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261. Materials, Properties of

degradability
the state or quality of being susceptible to breakdown or decomposition. degradable , adj.
elasticity
Physics. the property of a substance that makes it possible to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force and to recover its original form upon the removal of a force. elastic , adj.
frangibility
the condition of being very easily broken.
friability
the condition of being easily crumbled or pulverized.
infrangibility
the state or condition of being unbreakable or indivisible. infrangible , adj.
lubricity
the state or condition of having smooth surface, as to facilitate movement against another surface with a minimum of friction. lubricious , adj.
malleability
the property of a substance that makes it capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers. malleable , adj.
plasticity
the property of a substance that makes it capable of being molded, given shape, or being made to assume a desired form. plastic , adj.
rigidity
the property of a substance that renders it inflexible, stiff, or nonpliable. rigid , adj.
sabulosity
the quality or condition of being sandy or gritty. sabulous , adj.
serosity
the quality or condition of being watery or thin, as a liquid. serous , adj.
viscosity
the quality or condition of being able to adhere to things. viscous , adj.
vitreosity
a state or quality resembling that of glass, as in hardness, brittleness, transparency, glossiness, etc. vitreous , adj.

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