con·​duc·​tance | \ kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce conductance (audio) \

Definition of conductance

1 : conducting power
2 : the readiness with which a conductor transmits an electric current expressed as the reciprocal of electrical resistance

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Recent Examples on the Web Responses were measured via skin conductance and activation of their facial muscles. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, "Are Zoom Meetings Reducing Our Collective Intelligence?," 8 Apr. 2021 One chart in the paper showed dots tracing a plateau at exactly the electrical conductance value that theory predicted. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All," 12 Feb. 2021 Brain-imaging studies that show relevant brain activity and experiments that measure skin conductance offer no defense, Lush says, because suggestion can generate corresponding brain activity and physiological responses. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Hypnosis Experts Cast Doubt on Famous Psychological Experiments," 21 Oct. 2020 Semiconductors, used in computer circuitry and much more, use properties of both conductance and resistance to create logical gates that direct electrons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "In a Monumental First, Scientists Discover a Room-Temperature Superconductor," 15 Oct. 2020 The sheath is the source of the conductance, Meysman and colleagues reported last year in Nature Communications. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 The Hall conductance was experimentally measured (and averaged) over many cycles of the pump. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, "How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics," 1 Aug. 2020 There was a clear difference between those who self-identified as experiencing ASMR and those who did not: The ASMR group experienced reduced heart rates and increased skin conductance, which basically means a tiny increase in sweating. Jade Wu Savvy Psychologist, Scientific American, "Is ASMR Real or Just a Pseudoscience?," 4 Dec. 2019 Polygraphs are meant to do better by measuring a variety of biological signs (such as skin conductance and pulse) that supposedly track with lying. Theodor Schaarschmidt, Scientific American, "The Art of Lying," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of conductance

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conductance was in 1885

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13 May 2021

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“Conductance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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con·​duc·​tance | \ kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce conductance (audio) \

Medical Definition of conductance

1 : the power, readiness, or capacity to conduct something neural conductance changes in membrane conductance to ions
2 : the readiness with which a conductor transmits an electric current expressed as the reciprocal of electrical resistance

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