1. pertaining to a substance that possesses spontaneous electric polarization such that the polarization can be reversed by an electric field.
  1. a ferroelectric substance.

Origin of ferroelectric

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


  1. (of a substance) exhibiting spontaneous polarization that can be reversed by the application of a suitable electric field
  2. of or relating to ferroelectric substances
  1. a ferroelectric substance
Derived Formsferroelectrically, adverbferroelectricity (ˌfɛrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-), noun
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ferroelectric in Science


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