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conductivity

[ kon-duhk-tiv-i-tee ]
/ ˌkɒn dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti /
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noun, plural con·duc·tiv·i·ties.
Physics. the property or power of conducting heat, electricity, or sound.
Also called specific conductance. Electricity. a measure of the ability of a given substance to conduct electric current, equal to the reciprocal of the resistance of the substance. Symbol: σ
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Origin of conductivity

First recorded in 1830–40; conductive + -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for conductivity

conductivity
/ (ˌkɒndʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
Also called: conduction the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound
  1. a measure of the ability of a substance to conduct electricity; the reciprocal of resistivity
  2. in the case of a solution, the electrolytic conductivity is the current density divided by the electric field strength, measured in siemens per metreFormerly called: specific conductance
Symbol: κ
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Scientific definitions for conductivity

conductivity
[ kŏn′dŭk-tĭvĭ-tē ]

The ability to transfer heat, electricity, or sound by conduction.
See conductance.
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