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zener diode

[zee-ner] /ˈzi nər/
noun, Electronics.
1.
a semiconductor diode across which the reverse voltage remains almost constant over a wide range of currents, used especially to regulate voltage.
Also, Zener diode.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; after U.S. physicist Clarence Melvin Zener (born 1905)
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Zener diode

/ˈziːnə/
noun
1.
a semiconductor diode that exhibits a sharp increase in reverse current at a well-defined reverse voltage: used as a voltage regulator
Word Origin
C20: named after C. M. Zener (1905–93), US physicist
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