specific conductance

noun Electricity.

Nearby words

  1. specifiable,
  2. specific,
  3. specific action,
  4. specific activity,
  5. specific charge,
  6. specific dynamic action,
  7. specific epithet,
  8. specific gravity,
  9. specific heat,
  10. specific heat capacity


[ kon-duhk-tiv-i-tee ]
/ ˌkɒn dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti /

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

Origin of conductivity

First recorded in 1830–40; conductive + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for specific-conductance


/ (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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Medicine definitions for specific-conductance


[ kŏn′dŭk-tĭvĭ-tē ]


The ability or power to conduct or transmit heat, electricity, or sound.
The ability of a body structure to transmit an electric impulse, especially the ability of a nerve to transmit a wave of excitation.

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Science definitions for specific-conductance


[ kŏn′dŭk-tĭvĭ-tē ]

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