electric potential

  1. Also called potential. Electricity. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol:V

  2. Physiology. action potential.

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Origin of electric potential

First recorded in 1870–75

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British Dictionary definitions for electric potential

electric potential

    • the work required to transfer a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a given point against an electric field

    • the potential difference between the point and some other reference point: Symbol: V, φ Sometimes shortened to: potential

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Scientific definitions for electric potential

electric potential

  1. A measure of the work required by an electric field to move electric charges. Its unit is the volt. Also called voltage See more at Ohm's law.

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