cryotron

noun
cry·​o·​tron | \ ˈkrīō‧ˌträn \
plural -s

Definition of cryotron

: a device performing some of the functions of an electron tube and consisting of a straight wire and another wire wound in a coil around it kept at a temperature near absolute zero, the straight wire being superconducting at the low temperature but becoming nonsuperconducting when a current passes through the coil wire

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cryo- + -tron

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“Cryotron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryotron. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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