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thermistor

[ ther-mis-ter, thur-muh-ster ]
/ θərˈmɪs tər, ˈθɜr mə stər /
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noun Electronics.
a resistor whose action depends upon changes of its resistance material with changes in temperature.
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Origin of thermistor

First recorded in 1935–40; therm- + (res)istor
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British Dictionary definitions for thermistor

thermistor
/ (θɜːˈmɪstə) /

noun
a semiconductor device having a resistance that decreases rapidly with an increase in temperature. It is used for temperature measurement, to compensate for temperature variations in a circuit, etc

Word Origin for thermistor

C20: from thermo- + (res) istor
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Scientific definitions for thermistor

thermistor
[ thûrmĭs′tər ]

A resistor whose resistance varies as a function of temperature. Thermistors are used in electrical devices such as thermometers and thermostats that measure, monitor, or regulate temperature. See more at resistor.
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