conductance

noun
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 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 In another instance, researchers working on a Windows application called PhysiOBS used skin conductance to measure and communicate stress levels. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Asked for Artificial Skin Phone Cases," 19 Oct. 2019 To the researchers' shock, perfectly doubled conductance happened in their samarium hexaboride experiment. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Quirky Quantum Tunneling Observed," 9 July 2019 As the participants watched, the researchers monitored their heart rates and their skin conductance levels (essentially, tiny fluctuations in their sweat levels, which could indicate a person’s fight-or-flight response levels). Los Angeles Times, "Why does so much news seem negative? Human attention may be to blame," 5 Sep. 2019 If every electron that attempted to hop into the superconductor succeeds, the conductance would double. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Quirky Quantum Tunneling Observed," 9 July 2019 As the magnetic field changes, the material’s conductance jumps from value to value. Quanta Magazine, "Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Topology," 4 Oct. 2016 At the same time, clearing the lithium out of a device changes the conductance of all its neighbors. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 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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18 Apr 2020

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“Conductance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductance. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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conductance

noun
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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