What is dissipation constant?

Some articles on dissipation constant:

Thermistor - Self-heating Effects
... function of its resistance R, is the temperature of the surroundings, and K is the dissipation constant, usually expressed in units of milliwatts per degree Celsius ... function of the measured resistance of the thermistor The dissipation constant is a measure of the thermal connection of the thermistor to its surroundings ... may be used to measure the value of the dissipation constant ...

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