(hîs´te-rê´sîs) noun, plural hystereses (-sêz)
The lagging of an effect behind its cause, as when the change in magnetism of a body lags behind changes in the magnetic field. [Greek husterêsis, a shortcoming, from husterein, to come late, from husteros, late.]
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