conductance

noun

con·​duc·​tance kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce conductance (audio)
1
: conducting power
2
: the readiness with which a conductor transmits an electric current expressed as the reciprocal of electrical resistance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The authors had predicted that successful matches would synchronize on multiple levels of expression: motor movements, gaze, and heart rate and skin conductance measures. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

conduct entry 1 + -ance

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conductance was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Conductance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductance. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

conductance

noun
con·​duc·​tance kən-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce conductance (audio)
1
: conducting power
2
: the readiness with which a conductor carries an electric current that is expressed as the reciprocal of electrical resistance

Medical Definition

conductance

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