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pinch effect



  1. The pinch effect is the constriction of a liquid conductor of electricity (e.g., mercury or molten metal) which occurs when a substantial current is passed through it.

  2. In the case of a plasma, the pinch effect is the constriction of a plasma due to the magnetic field of a high current within the plasma. See also thermonuclear reaction.

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