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

Examples of conductance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are programs to measure and train skin conductance, breath rate, temperature, etc., and many require only your smartwatch or phone. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 The amount of electricity coming off our skin (called skin conductance) might change. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 Responses were measured via skin conductance and activation of their facial muscles. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 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, 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, 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, 15 Oct. 2020 The sheath is the source of the conductance, Meysman and colleagues reported last year in Nature Communications. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 19 Aug. 2020 The Hall conductance was experimentally measured (and averaged) over many cycles of the pump. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of conductance

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conductance

conduct entry 1 + -ance

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“Conductance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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