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Or is it permissible to use the terms interchangeably? If there is a difference, what is it?

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    $\begingroup$ I never met false equilibrium in thermodynamics. Could you provide more details about the context where you found such names? $\endgroup$ – GiorgioP Jan 20 at 0:33
  • $\begingroup$ It's a term that Pierre Duhem uses to talk about metastable states. $\endgroup$ – jrex Jan 20 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ You'll want to quote the original source, ideally with a link, but, yeah, they sound the same. $\endgroup$ – Nat Jan 21 at 7:55

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