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electric potential

Also called potential. Electricity. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol: V.
Physiology. action potential.
Origin of electric potential
1870-75 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for electric-potential

electric potential

  1. the work required to transfer a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a given point against an electric field
  2. the potential difference between the point and some other reference point V, φ Sometimes shortened to potential
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electric potential  
A measure of the work required by an electric field to move electric charges. Its unit is the volt. Also called voltage. See more at Ohm's law.
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