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Hysteresis

Hysteresis
(Science: physics) a lagging or retardation of the effect, when the forces acting upon a body are changed, as if from velocity or internal friction; a temporary resistance to change from a condition previously invuced, observed in magnetism, thermoelectricity, etc, on reversal of polarity.
Origin: NL, fr. Gr. To be behind, to lag.


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