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Peltier effect


      n     (Physics)   the production of heat at one junction and the absorption of heat at the other junction of a thermocouple when a current is passed around the thermocouple circuit. The heat produced is additional to the heat arising from the resistance of the wires  
   Compare       Seebeck effect  
     (C19: named after Jean Peltier (1785--1845), French physicist, who discovered it)  
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Peltier element  
      n   an electronic device consisting of metal strips between which alternate strips of n-type and p-type semiconductors are connected. Passage of a current causes heat to be absorbed from one set of metallic strips and emitted from the other by the Peltier effect  

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pelter, pelite, peter, petrel

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