Definition of hysteresis in English:



mass nounPhysics
  • 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.

    • ‘A hysteresis in the force curves measured on approach and separation is observed.’
    • ‘A large degree of hysteresis upon indenter retraction was observed.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the thermal hysteresis is additive to the colligative effect.’
    • ‘A noncontact, no-wear design eliminates hysteresis and friction for reliability and repeatability.’
    • ‘This tendency to ‘remember their magnetic history’ is called hysteresis.’


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