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potential Idioms & Phrases


action potential

  • noun the local voltage change across the cell wall as a nerve impulse is transmitted
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cortical potential

  • noun (neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph
    brain wave; brainwave.
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elastic potential energy

  • noun potential energy that is stored when a body is deformed (as in a coiled spring)
    elastic energy.
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electric potential

  • noun the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
    electric potential; potential difference; potential; voltage.
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evoked potential

  • noun the electrical response of the central nervous system produced by an external stimulus
    • he measured evoked potentials with an electroencephalogram
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high-potential

  • adjective satellite operating on or powered by a high voltage
    high-voltage.
    • a high-voltage generator
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Potential cautery

  • . See under Cautery.
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potential difference

  • noun the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
    electric potential; potential difference; potential; voltage.
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potential divider

  • noun resistors connected in series across a voltage source; used to obtain a desired fraction of the voltage
    voltage divider.
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potential drop

  • noun the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
    electric potential; potential difference; potential; voltage.
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Potential energy

  • noun the mechanical energy that a body has by virtue of its position; stored energy
    P.E..
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  • . (Mech.) See the Note under Energy.
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Potential mood, ∨ mode

  • (Gram.), that form of the verb which is used to express possibility, liberty, power, will, obligation, or necessity, by the use of may, can, must, might, could, would, or should; as, I may go; he can write.
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potential unit

  • noun a measure of the potential energy of a unit charge at a given point in a circuit relative to a reference point (ground)
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resting potential

  • noun the potential difference between the two sides of the membrane of a nerve cell when the cell is not conducting an impulse
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