[ vid-i-kon ]
/ ˈvɪd ɪˌkɒn /

noun Television.

a camera tube in which a charge-density pattern is formed on a photoconductive surface scanned by a beam of low-velocity electrons for transmission as signals.
Compare Saticon.

Origin of vidicon

First recorded in 1945–50; vid(eo) + icon(oscope) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vidicon


/ (ˈvɪdɪˌkɒn) /


a small television camera tube, used in closed-circuit television and outside broadcasts, in which incident light forms an electric charge pattern on a photoconductive surface. Scanning by a low-velocity electron beam discharges the surface, producing a current in an adjacent conducting layerSee also Plumbicon

Word Origin for vidicon

C20: from vid (eo) + icon (oscope)
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