con·​duc·​tance | \kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s \

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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Dormio use sensors on an electronic glove to measure muscle tone, heart rate, and skin conductance to detect the shift from hypnagogia and actual sleep. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Device Will Capture Ideas from Your Dreams," 29 Apr. 2018 However, when Ramachandran showed David photos of family members and strangers, his skin conductance remained at the same level for both. Meeri Kim, Washington Post, "This strange syndrome causes people to think their loved ones have been replaced by identical impostors," 7 Apr. 2018 Professor Aarøe and her colleagues showed participants images related to infection and disease and measured their the flight-or-flight responses via skin conductance, as reported in a paper published Monday in the American Political Science Review. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Study finds link between being easily grossed out, shunning immigrants," 3 May 2017 Each of the objects responds to a different signal of biometric data: A bowl of sugar rises and falls, mimicking your breath rate; a tea bag bobs up and down to the beat of your heart; a phonograph slows and speeds up based on skin conductance. Liz Stinson, WIRED, "Using Biometric Data to Make Simple Objects Come to Life," 7 Apr. 2015

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1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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con·​duc·​tance | \kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s \

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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