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[in-duhk-ter] /ɪnˈdʌk tər/
Also called inductance. Electricity. a coil used to introduce inductance into an electric circuit.
a person who inducts, as into office.
Origin of inductor
1645-55; < Medieval Latin: importer, instigator, Late Latin: schoolmaster, equivalent to Latin indūc(ere) (see induce) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inductor
  • Each inductor shall be subjected to the electrical tests specified herein.
  • B equal to the inductance of the highest rated inductor.
British Dictionary definitions for inductor


a person or thing that inducts
a component, such as a coil, in an electrical circuit the main function of which is to produce inductance
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Word Origin and History for inductor

1650s, from Latin inductor, agent noun from past participle stem of inducere (see induce). Electromagnetic sense begins in 1837.

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inductor in Medicine

inductor in·duc·tor (ĭn-dŭk'tər)

  1. Something that inducts, especially a device that functions by or introduces inductance into a circuit.

  2. See evocator.

  3. See organizer.

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inductor in Science
  1. An electrical component or circuit, especially an induction coil, that introduces inductance into a circuit.

  2. A substance that causes an induced reaction. Unlike a catalyst, an inductor is irreversibly transformed in the reaction.

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