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[in-duhk-tuh ns] /ɪnˈdʌk təns/
noun, Electricity
that property of a circuit by which a change in current induces, by electromagnetic induction, an electromotive force. Symbol: L.
inductor (def 1).
Origin of inductance
1885-90; induct + -ance Unabridged
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Also called induction. the property of an electric circuit as a result of which an electromotive force is created by a change of current in the same circuit (self-inductance) or in a neighbouring circuit (mutual inductance). It is usually measured in henries L See also self-inductance, mutual inductance
another name for inductor
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Word Origin and History for inductance

1886, from induct + -ance.

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inductance in Science
A measure of the reaction of electrical components (especially coils) to changes in current flow by creating a magnetic field and inducing a voltage. Its unit is the henry.
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inductance in Culture

inductance definition

A process whereby the effect of induction is used to alter the current in an electrical circuit.

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