electromotive force

elec·tro·mo·tive force | \ i-ˌlek-trō-ˌmō-tiv- , -trə- \

Definition of electromotive force 

: something that moves or tends to move electricity especially : the apparent force that drives a current around an electrical circuit and that is equivalent to the potential difference between the terminals of the circuit

First Known Use of electromotive force

1824, in the meaning defined above

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electromotive force

elec·tro·mo·tive force | \ i-ˌlek-trō-ˌmōt-iv-, -trə- \

Medical Definition of electromotive force 

: something that moves or tends to move electricity : the potential difference derived from an electrical source (as a cell or generator) per unit quantity of electricity passing through the source

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