# conductivity

[kon-duhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒn dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural conductivities.
1.
Physics. the property or power of conducting heat, electricity, or sound.
2.
Also called specific conductance. Electricity. a measure of the ability of a given substance to conduct electric current, equal to the reciprocal of the resistance of the substance. Symbol: σ.
Origin of conductivity
1830-1840
1830-40; conductive + -ity
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Historical Examples
• I shall now describe certain characteristic differences of conductivity exhibited by tissues in different conditions.

Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
• Great divergence is shown in the results of experiments in the conductivity of wood.

Joseph B. Wagner
• In continuing to increase the temperature of the fluid selenium very gradually but steadily, its conductivity increased again.

Arnold Cooley
• This to some extent impairs the conductivity of the circuit.

• The minimum current which induces a perceptible change of conductivity varies somewhat in different specimens.

Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
• Hence we may conclude that the conductivity of any salt is an ionic property.

Stphane Leduc
• The tonic condition of a tissue has an influence on conductivity.

Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
• These are the proportions that give the maximum of conductivity.

• A conductor having a resistance of 100 ohms has a conductivity of .01 mho.

Kempster Miller
• The conductivity of a wire depends upon its material, its cross-section, its length, and its temperature.

Kempster Miller
British Dictionary definitions for conductivity

## conductivity

/ˌkɒndʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
Also called conduction. the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound
2.
1. a measure of the ability of a substance to conduct electricity; the reciprocal of resistivity
2. in the case of a solution, the electrolytic conductivity is the current density divided by the electric field strength, measured in siemens per metre Formerly called specific conductance
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3.
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conductivity in Medicine

conductivity con·duc·tiv·i·ty (kŏn'dŭk-tĭv'ĭ-tē)
n.

1. The ability or power to conduct or transmit heat, electricity, or sound.

2. The ability of a body structure to transmit an electric impulse, especially the ability of a nerve to transmit a wave of excitation.

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conductivity in Science
 conductivity   (kŏn'dŭk-tĭv'ĭ-tē)    The ability to transfer heat, electricity, or sound by conduction.See conductance.
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