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Attributive Designating the property of certain amorphous semiconductors of making a rapid, reversible transition from a non-conducting to a conducting state on the application of an electric field above a threshold value.
1960s; earliest use found in Electronics. From the name of Stanford R. Ovshinsky, U.S. physicist and industrialist, who discovered the effect and developed the resulting technology.
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