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pyroelectric

Syllabification: py·ro·e·lec·tric
Pronunciation: /ˌpīrōəˈlektrik
 
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Definition of pyroelectric in English:

adjective

Having the property of becoming electrically charged when heated: a pyroelectric detector
More example sentences
  • The team initiates fusion of deuterium using the strong electric field generated in a pyroelectric crystal.
  • For long wavelength systems like carbon dioxide lasers, for example, a pyroelectric array has been shown to be the most accurate device.
  • Its measured density varies from 3.9 to 4.1, and it is pyroelectric and sometimes tribohiminescent and fluorescent.

Derivatives

pyroelectricity

1
Pronunciation: /-iˌlekˈtrisitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • William Thomson published the first major theoretical treatment of pyroelectricity in 1878.
  • Piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity are fundamental properties of connective tissues reported for bones, teeth, and tendons of vertebrates.

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