pyroelectric crystal


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pyroelectric crystal

[¦pī·rō·i¦lek·trik ′krist·əl]
(solid-state physics)
A crystal exhibiting pyroelectricity, such as tourmaline, lithium sulfate monohydrate, cane sugar, and ferroelectric barium titanate.
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