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Stress may refer to:
- Stress (mechanics), the average amount of force exerted per unit area. It is the internal resistance a material offers to being deformed and is measured in terms of the applied load. The effects of mechanical stress on a polymer can be measured using dynamic mechanical analysis.
- Compressive stress, the stress applied to materials resulting in their compaction. It is the ability of a material to resist being crushed.
- Tensile stress (also referred to as tension) is the stress state leading to expansion.
- Yield stress, the stress at which a material begins to deform plastically.
- Stress (biology), physiological or psychological stress; some types include:
- Compression (geology), the set of stresses directed toward the center of a rock mass
- Shear (geology), the response of a rock to deformation usually by compressive stress and forms particular textures
- Tension (geology), occurs when a rock is pulled apart in two opposite directions
- Accent (music)
- Stress (band), an early 1980s melodic rock band from San Diego
- Stress (Neo-Psychedelic band), from the late 1980s
- "Stress", a song by French band Justice, from † (album)
- "Stress", a song by Odd Børre, the entrant representing Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 1968
- Stress (musician), an Estonian-born Swiss musician (see: de:Stress (Musiker))
- Stress (game), card game
- Stress (linguistics), phonological use of prominence in language
- Stress (journal), a medical journal published by Informa plc.
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