suspended transformation

suspended transformation

[sə′spen·dəd ‚tranz·fər′mā·shən]
(thermodynamics)
The cessation of change before true equilibrium is reached, or the failure of a system to change immediately after a change in conditions, such as in supercooling and other forms of metastable equilibrium.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.