Elasticity

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n (1664) A property that defines the extent to which a material resist small deformations from which a material recovers completely when deforming force is removed. When the deformation is proportional to the applied load, the material is said to exhibit Hookean Elasticity. Elasticity equals stress divided by strain (Shah V (1998) Handbook of plastics testing technology. Wiley, New York; Elias HG (1977) Macromolecules, vol 1–2. Plenum Press, New York; Weast RC (ed) (1971) Handbook of chemistry and physics, 52nd edn. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL).