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ferroelectric

[ fer-oh-i-lek-trik ]
/ ˌfɛr oʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk /
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adjective
pertaining to a substance that possesses spontaneous electric polarization such that the polarization can be reversed by an electric field.
noun
a ferroelectric substance.
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Origin of ferroelectric

1930–35; ferro- + electric; by analogy with ferromagnetic

OTHER WORDS FROM ferroelectric

fer·ro·e·lec·tri·cal·ly, adverbfer·ro·e·lec·tric·i·ty [fer-oh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-], /ˌfɛr oʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ferroelectric

ferroelectric
/ (ˌfɛrəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk) /

adjective
(of a substance) exhibiting spontaneous polarization that can be reversed by the application of a suitable electric field
of or relating to ferroelectric substances
noun
a ferroelectric substance

Derived forms of ferroelectric

ferroelectrically, adverbferroelectricity (ˌfɛrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-), noun
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Scientific definitions for ferroelectric

ferroelectric
[ fĕr′ō-ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

Relating to a typically crystalline dielectric that can be given a permanent electric polarization by application of an electric field.
A ferroelectric substance.
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