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[rem-uh-nuh ns] /ˈrɛm ə nəns/
noun, Electricity
the magnetic flux that remains in a magnetic circuit after an applied magnetomotive force has been removed.
1660-70; reman(ent) + -ence Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remanence
  • The magnetic remanence is the property of a pigment that enables it to retain a magnetic field.
  • If the grain size is different due to the manufacturing process then the changes in the remanence will vary.
  • Substances having positive and relatively large magnetic susceptibility as well as generally large hysteresis and remanence.
British Dictionary definitions for remanence


(physics) the ability of a material to retain magnetization, equal to the magnetic flux density of the material after the removal of the magnetizing field Also called retentivity
Word Origin
C17: from Latin remanēre to stay behind, remain
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Word Origin and History for remanence

1660s, "that which remains," from remanent + -ence. Meaning "continuance, permanence" is from 1810.

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remanence in Science
The magnetic flux density remaining in a material, especially a ferromagnetic material, after removal of the magnetizing field. Good permanent magnets have a high degree of remanence. Remanence is measured in teslas. Also called retentivity. Compare coercivity.
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