Definition of hysteresis in English:


Syllabification: hys·ter·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌhistəˈrēsis


  • The phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it, as for instance when magnetic induction lags behind the magnetizing force.
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    • This tendency to ‘remember their magnetic history’ is called hysteresis.
    • A hysteresis in the force curves measured on approach and separation is observed.
    • A noncontact, no-wear design eliminates hysteresis and friction for reliability and repeatability.


late 19th century: from Greek husterēsis 'shortcoming, deficiency', from husterein 'be behind', from husteros 'late'.

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