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Lenz's law

/ˈlɛntsɪz/
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(physics) the principle that the direction of the current induced in a circuit by a changing magnetic field is such that the magnetic field produced by this current will oppose the original field
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C19: named after H. F. E. Lenz (1804–65), German physicist
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Lenz's law
  (lěnt'sĭz)   
A principle stating that an electric current, induced by a source such as a changing magnetic field, always creates a counterforce opposing the force inducing it. This law explains such phenomena as diamagnetism and the electrical properties of inductors. The law is named after its discoverer, German physicist Heinrich Lenz (1804-1865).
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