# inductance

## in·duc·tance

*noun*\in-ˈdək-tən(t)s\

## Definition of *INDUCTANCE*

*a*

**:**a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current either in the circuit itself or in a neighboring circuit

*b*

**:**the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the induced electromotive force to the rate of change of the inducing current

**:**a circuit or a device possessing inductance

## First Known Use of *INDUCTANCE*

## in·duc·tance

*noun*\in-ˈdək-tən(t)s\

*(Medical Dictionary)*

## Medical Definition of *INDUCTANCE *

*a*

**:**a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current either in the circuit itself or in a neighboring circuit

*b*

**:**the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the induced electromotive force to the rate of change of the inducing current

**:**a circuit or a device possessing inductance

## inductance

*noun*

*(Concise Encyclopedia)*

Property of a conductor, sometimes in the shape of a coil, that is measured by the size of the electromotive force (emf), or voltage, induced in it, compared with the rate of change of the electric current that produces the voltage. A steadily changing electric current produces a varying magnetic field, which induces an emf in a conductor that is present in the field. The magnitude of this voltage is proportional to the rate of change of the current. The inductance is the proportionality factor. The unit of inductance is the henry, named after Joseph Henry; one henry is equivalent to one volt divided by one ampere per second.

## Learn More About *INDUCTANCE*

## Browse

Previous Word in the Dictionary: induct

All Words Near: inductance

**Ask The Editor** Videos

## Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up *inductance*? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).