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cryotron

[ krahy-uh-tron ]
/ ˈkraɪ əˌtrɒn /
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noun Electronics, Computers.
a cryogenic device that uses the principle that a varying magnetic field can cause the resistance of a superconducting element to change rapidly between its high normal and low superconductive values: used as a switch and as a computer-memory element.
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Origin of cryotron

First recorded in 1955–60; cryo- + -tron
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How to use cryotron in a sentence

  • A cryotron unit has to be immersed at all times in a bath of liquid helium at a temperature of four-point-two degrees absolute.

    Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A cryotron functions only at temperatures near absolute zero.

    Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When she had gone he started to work on new instruction tapes for activating the servo-cryotron.

    The Junkmakers|Albert R. Teichner

British Dictionary definitions for cryotron

cryotron
/ (ˈkraɪəˌtrɒn) /

noun
a miniature switch working at the temperature of liquid helium and depending for its action on the production and destruction of superconducting properties in the conductor
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