flexure

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flexure

[′flek·shər]
(embryology)
A sharp bend of the anterior part of the primary axis of the vertebrate embryo.
(geology)
A broad, domed structure.
A fold.
(mechanics)
The deformation of any beam subjected to a load.
Any deformation of an elastic body in which the points originally lying on any straight line are displaced to form a plane curve.
(vertebrate zoology)
The last joint of a bird's wing.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

flexure

The bending of a member, as under a load.
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