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sensitivity

1. In an electronic device, e.g., a communications system receiver, or detection device, e.g., PIN diode, the minimum input signal required to produce a specified output signal having a specified signal-to-noise ratio, or other specified criteria. Note 1: The signal input may be expressed as power in dBm or as field strength in microvolts per meter, with input network impedance stipulated. Note 2:Sensitivity” is sometimes improperly used as a synonym for “responsivity.” 2. In INFOSEC, a measure of the importance assigned to information by its owner, for the purpose of denoting its need for protection. [After 2382-pt.8]3.The characteristic of a resource which implies its value or importance, and may include its vulnerability [7498-2].


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