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counter tube[′kau̇nt·ər ‚tüb]
An electron tube having one signal-input electrode and 10 or more output electrodes, with each input pulse serving to transfer conduction sequentially to the next output electrode; beam-switching tubes and cold-cathode counter tubes are examples.
An electron tube that converts an incident particle or burst of incident radiation into a discrete electric pulse, generally by utilizing the current flow through a gas that is ionized by the radiation; used in radiation counters. Also known as radiation counter tube.
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