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Term Description
Irradiation In insulations, the exposure of the material to high energy emissions for the purpose of favorably altering the molecular structure by crosslinking
ISA Instrument Society of America
ISO International Standards Organization
J-Fold A type of fold allowing for metal-to-metal contact
Jacket An outer covering, usually nonmetallic, mainly used for protection against the environment
JAN Specification Joint Army-Navy specification (forerunner of present Military Specifications).
Jumper Cable A short cable interconnecting two wiring boards or devices
Kilo A numerical prefix denoting 1000
Lacquer A liquid resin or compound applied to textile braid to prevent fraying, moisture absorption, etc.
Laminated Tape A tape consisting of two or more layers of different materials bonded together
Lay The axial distance required for one cabled conductor or conductor strand to complete one revolution about the axis around which it is cabled
Lay Direction The twist in the cable as indicated by the top strands while looking along the axis of the cable away from the observer (described as "right hand" or "left hand")
Leakage Current The undesirable flow of current through or over the surface of an insulation
Life Cycle A test to determine the length of time before failure in a controlled (usually accelerated) environment
Limits of Error The maximum deviation (in degrees or percent) of a thermocouple or thermocouple extension wire from standard emf-temperature to be measured
LOCO Abbreviation for "loss of coolant accident"; a system malfunction associated with nuclear generating stations
Longitudinal Shield A tape shield (flat or corrugated) applied longitudinally with the axis of the core being shielded
Loop Resistance The total resistance of two conductors measured round trip from one end
Loss Factor The product of the dissipation and dielectric constant of an insulating material
Low Loss Dielectric An insulation material that has a relatively low dielectric loss, such as Polyethylene or Teflon
Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) The destination for materials that emit little or no smoke
Magnetic Field The region within which a body or current experiences magnetic forces
Magnetic Flux The rate of flow of magnetic energy across or through a surface (real or imaginary)
Magnetic Noise Changes in the current level within a cable caused by an external magnetic field
MCM One thousand circular Mils
Megarad A unit for measuring radiation dosage (equal to one million rads)
Megohm One million ohms
Member A group of insulated wires to be cabled with other stranded groups into multiple-membered cable
Messenger The linear supporting member (usually a high strength steel wire) used as the supporting element of a suspended aerial cable. The messenger may be an integral part of the cable, or exterior to it.
Mho The unit of conductivity. The reciprocal of an ohm.

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