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ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) - Definition

ESD is an abbreviation for Electrostatic Discharge. It is the sudden movement of electrons between two objects at different electrical potentials. The term is usually used in the electronics and other industries to describe momentary unwanted currents that may cause damage to electronic equipment. One of the causes of ESD events is static electricity. Static electricity is often generated when two materials are brought into contact and their electric charges are then separated. Examples include walking on a carpet, descending from a car, especially in cold weather or removing certain types of plastic packaging.

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