conductivity

noun

con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce conductivity (audio)
kən-
plural conductivities
: the quality or power of conducting or transmitting: such as
a
: the reciprocal of electrical resistivity
b
: the quality of living matter responsible for the transmission of and progressive reaction to stimuli

Example Sentences

measuring the conductivity of different metals
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Word History

Etymology

conductive + -ity

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conductivity was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Conductivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductivity. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

conductivity

noun

con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce conductivity (audio)
kən-
plural conductivities
: the quality or power of conducting or transmitting

Medical Definition

conductivity

noun

con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈtiv-ət-ē, kən- How to pronounce conductivity (audio)
plural conductivities
: the quality or power of conducting or transmitting: as
a
: the reciprocal of electrical resistivity
b
: the quality of living matter responsible for the transmission of and progressive reaction to stimuli

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