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capacitance Line breaks: cap¦aci|tance
Pronunciation: /kəˈpasɪt(ə)ns/

Definition of capacitance in English:


[mass noun] Physics
1The ability of a system to store an electric charge.
Example sentences
  • The planar spiral wound conductive traces are further preferably suspended over the ground plane of the RF module substrate by micromachining underlying substrate material away to thereby reduce parasitic capacitances.
  • The slew rate of one or more edge transitions associated with the output signal are controlled using one or more parasitic capacitances associated with the fabrication of two or more cascode connected MOS devices.
  • Megakaryocyte capacitances were in the range of 64-694 pF, equivalent to 500-5500 platelets.
1.1The ratio of the change in an electric charge in a system to the corresponding change in its electric potential. (Symbol: C)
Example sentences
  • For the lowest noise, you should try to select a PD with maximum shunt resistance and low capacitance.
  • The metal plates extend substantially vertically through the thicker dielectric material separating the interconnect layers, to provide a relatively high capacitance per unit of surface consumed.
  • A bilayer electrophysiological setup allowed for measurements of membrane conductance and capacitance.


Late 19th century: from capacity + -ance.

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