pyroelectricity

[pahy-roh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-]

noun

electrification or electrical polarity produced in certain crystals by temperature changes.

Origin of pyroelectricity

First recorded in 1825–35; pyro- + electricity
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British Dictionary definitions for pyroelectricity

pyroelectricity

noun

the development of opposite charges at the ends of the axis of certain hemihedral crystals, such as tourmaline, as a result of a change in temperature
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