Zener Diode Definition

A semiconductor diode usually used as a voltage regulator because its resistance breaks down at a precise, predetermined voltage level (zener voltage), at which time it maintains a constant voltage while producing a sudden large increase in current.
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Origin of Zener Diode

  • After Clarence Melvin Zener (1905–1993), American physicist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Clarence Zener, American physicist.

    From Wiktionary

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