\ ˈbi-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce BSCCO (audio) \

Definition of BSCCO

: any of various compounds of bismuth, strontium, calcium, copper, and oxygen that exhibit superconductivity at much higher temperatures than other materials The main component of the … devices now beginning to prove themselves is wire made with compounds of bismuth, strontium, calcium, copper, and oxygen. These materials are generically known as BSCCO (pronounced bisco).— Peter Weiss, Science News, 18 Nov. 2000

Note: BSCCO can show signs of superconductivity at about 130 K (−225° F) compared to a typical temperature of about 30 kelvin (−406° F).

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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“BSCCO.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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