resistivity

[ree-zis-tiv-i-tee]
noun
1.
the power or property of resistance.
2.
Also called specific resistance. Electricity. the resistance between opposite faces of a one-centimeter cube of a given material; ratio of electric intensity to cross-sectional area; reciprocal of conductivity.

Origin:
1880–85; resistive + -ity

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resistivity (ˌriːzɪsˈtɪvɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  ρ, Former name: specific resistance the electrical property of a material that determines the resistance of a piece of given dimensions. It is equal to RA/l, where R is the resistance, A the cross-sectional area, and l the length, and is the reciprocal of conductivity. It is measured in ohms
2.  the power or capacity to resist; resistance

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resistivity   (rē'zĭs-tĭv'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
A measure of the potential electrical resistance of a conductive material. It is determined experimentally using the equation ρ = RA/l, where R is the measured resistance of some length of the material, A is its cross-sectional area (which must be uniform), and l is its length. It is measured in ohm-meters.
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Example sentences
Unfortunately, the ink did not have high enough resistivity to create the
  necessary heat.
One such sensor is a wire that changes resistivity when it's under strain.
These resistivity differences can be used to distinguish between oil- and
  water-saturated sands, for example.
Resistivity data can be collected using different techniques.
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