thermistor

noun
therm·is·tor | \ ˈthər-ˌmi-stər \

Definition of thermistor 

: an electrical resistor making use of a semiconductor whose resistance varies sharply in a known manner with the temperature

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Perhaps most important is temperature control: A comfortable room temperature is selected, and a thermistor (9) in the unit allows the device to automatically switch on and off to maintain it. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Air Conditioner," 5 June 2017 In addition, the subjects were fitted for a heart rate monitor, sweat capsules, and skin thermistors (temperature). NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: Cool it before competing in hot conditions," 16 June 2017 Most vehicles have their thermistors on the front of the car, located behind the grill. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "This is why your car thermometer is almost always wrong," 12 June 2017 Readers will learn about ICs, non-NXT sensors such as thermistors, accelerometers, and force-sensitive resistors, and other devices such as the XBee wireless modules. James Floyd Kelly, WIRED, "Best of Both Worlds: Make: Lego and Arduino Projects," 12 Feb. 2013 Perhaps most important is temperature control: A comfortable room temperature is selected, and a thermistor (9) in the unit allows the device to automatically switch on and off to maintain it. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Air Conditioner," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of thermistor

1940, in the meaning defined above

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thermistor

noun
therm·is·tor | \ ˈthər-ˌmis-tər \

Medical Definition of thermistor 

: an electrical resistor making use of a semiconductor whose resistance varies sharply in a known manner with the temperature

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