Electrical Resistivity Definition

Resistors are made from materials that have a high electrical resistivity.
Resistors are made from materials that have a high electrical resistivity. Christopher Murray / EyeEm / Getty Images

Electrical Resistivity Definition: Electrical resistivity is the measure of how much a material resists carrying an electrical current.

Electrical resistivity is denoted by the symbol ρ and has SI units of ohm meter (Ωm).

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