a semiconductor device having two stable states, used as an electronic switch.
Origin of thyristor
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any of a group of semiconductor devices, such as the silicon-controlled rectifier, that can be switched between two states
Word Origin for thyristor
C20: from thyr (atron) + (trans) istor
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