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thermopile

Pronunciation: ther'mo-pil

Definition: A thermoelectric battery, consisting usually of a series of bars of antimony and bismuth joined together, that generates a thermoelectric current when the junctions are heated; used as a thermoscope.

Synonym(s): thermoelectric pile

[thermo- + pile]

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