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

First Known Use of potential difference

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potential difference was in 1892

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“Potential difference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potential%20difference. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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potential difference

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potential dif·​fer·​ence | \ -ˈdif-(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce potential difference (audio) \

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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