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Investigations of magnetic field diffusion and plasma resistivity in 12-cm-diameter triple-gas-puff Ar Z-pinch implosions were carried out by using planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), a laser shearing interferometer (LSI), and a laser wavefront analyzer (LWA) on a 3.5-MA 200-ns generator. The PLIF measurements gave the initial Ar gas distributions. The implosion velocity and electron density profiles were measured from LWA and/or LSI. From these, the implosion plasma sheath thickness, ion density, mean ion charge states, temperatures, and implosion velocity are obtained, which allows us to calculate the classical plasma resistivity. A 1-D analytic magnetic field diffusion model is constructed and used to predict the imploding plasma sheath thickness and its resistivity. Based on comparisons of the experimental measurements and the diffusion model prediction, we found out that plasma resistivity is enhanced by the cross-field diffusion above the classical value, as high as 60 times the Spitzer's value. Details are given in this paper.