potential difference

noun

Definition of potential difference

: the difference in potential between two points that represents the work involved or the energy released in the transfer of a unit quantity of electricity from one point to the other

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First Known Use of potential difference

1892


Medical Dictionary

potential difference

noun potential dif·fer·ence \ -ˈdif-(ə-)rən(t)s \

medical Definition of potential difference

: the difference in electrical potential between two points that represents the work involved or the energy released in the transfer of a unit quantity of electricity from one point to the other — compare action potential, generator potential, membrane potential, resting potential

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