pyroelectricity

[ pahy-roh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek- ]
/ ˌpaɪ roʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk- /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pyrochlore,
  2. pyroclastic,
  3. pyroconductivity,
  4. pyrocrystalline,
  5. pyroelectric,
  6. pyrogallate,
  7. pyrogallol,
  8. pyrogen,
  9. pyrogenetic,
  10. pyrogenic

Origin of pyroelectricity

First recorded in 1825–35; pyro- + electricity

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British Dictionary definitions for pyroelectricity

pyroelectricity

/ (ˌpaɪrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-) /

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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