capacitance

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noun ca·pac·i·tance \kə-ˈpa-sə-tən(t)s\

Definition of capacitance

  1. 1a :  the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge that occurs when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potentialb :  the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces

  2. 2 :  a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance

capacitive

play \-ˈpa-sə-tiv\ adjective

capacitively

adverb

Origin and Etymology of capacitance

capacity


First Known Use: 1893


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capacitance

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noun ca·pac·i·tance \kə-ˈpas-ət-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of capacitance

  1. 1a:  the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge occurring when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potentialb:  the measure of this property equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces

  2. 2:  a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance


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