[foh-tuh-toob, -tyoob]

noun Electronics.

an electron tube with a photosensitive cathode, used like a photocell.

Origin of phototube

First recorded in 1925–30; photo- + tube
Also called photoelectric tube. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phototube



a type of photocell in which radiation falling on a photocathode causes electrons to flow to an anode and thus produce an electric current
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