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n. [Geophysics]
A set of constants that defines the properties of material that undergoes
stress, deforms, and then recovers and returns to its original shape after the stress ceases. The elastic constants include the bulk modulus, Lame constant, Poisson's ratio,
shear modulus, and Young's modulus. Elastic constants are important in
seismology because the
velocity of waves depends on the elastic constants and density of the
rock.