inelastic collision

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inelastic collision

[‚in·ə′las·tik kə′lizh·ən]
(mechanics)
A collision in which the total kinetic energy of the colliding particles is not the same after the collision as before it.
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Effects of elastic and inelastic interactions on phase contrast images in tapping-mode scanning force microscopy.