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Bathtub Curve

/bath-ˌtəb kərv/

n. Common term for the curve (resembling an end-to-end section of one of those claw-footed antique bathtubs) that describes the expected failure rate of electronics with time: initially high, dropping to near 0 for most of the system's lifetime, then rising again as it 'tires out'.

See also burn-in period, infant mortality.