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thermistor Line breaks: ther¦mis|tor
Pronunciation: /θəːˈmɪstə/

Definition of thermistor in English:


An electrical resistor whose resistance is greatly reduced by heating, used for measurement and control.
Example sentences
  • In a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator, a thermistor generates a correction voltage to keep the oscillator's frequency more constant.
  • The conductors are connected through a connector to a circuit which measures the voltage and/or resistance of each of the thermistors, which is dependent upon its temperature.
  • When a thermistor or thermocouple wire runs through the catheter, the continuous measurement of urinary bladder temperature is displayed on the digital readout of a monitor.


1940s: contraction of thermal resistor.

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