IEC 60050-461:2008, which is a part of the IEV, covers terms and definitions used within the scope of TC 20 Electric cables. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1984, its Amendment 1 (1993) and its Amendment 2 (1999). This edition is a consolidated version of the first edition and its Amendments 1 and 2. Therefore the order of the terms are given in their historical order. A renumbering and addition or deletion of terms is proposed for the next maintenance cycle.