resistivity


re·sis·tiv·i·ty

noun \ri-ˌzis-ˈti-və-tē, ˌrē-\
plural re·sis·tiv·i·ties

Definition of RESISTIVITY

1
:  the longitudinal electrical resistance of a uniform rod of unit length and unit cross-sectional area :  the reciprocal of conductivity
2
:  capacity for resisting :  resistance

First Known Use of RESISTIVITY

1885

re·sis·tiv·i·ty

noun \ri-ˌzis-ˈtiv-ət-ē, ˌrē-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural re·sis·tiv·i·ties

Medical Definition of RESISTIVITY

: the longitudinal electrical resistance of a uniform rod of unit length and unit cross-sectional area : the reciprocal of conductivity

resistivity

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Electrical resistance of a conductor of unit cross-sectional area and unit length. The resistivity of a conductor depends on its composition and its temperature. As a characteristic property of each material, resistivity is useful in comparing various materials on the basis of their ability to conduct electric current. As temperature increases, the resistivity of a metallic conductor usually increases and that of a semiconductor usually decreases.

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