thermopile

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thermopile

 [ther´mo-pīl]
a number of thermocouples in series, used to increase sensitivity to change in temperature or for direct conversion of heat into electric energy.

ther·mo·pile

(ther'mō-pīl),
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]

thermopile

(ther'mo-pil) [? + L. pila, pile]
A thermoelectric battery used in measuring small variations in the degree of heat. It consists of a number of connected dissimilar metallic plates. Under the influence of heat, these plates produce an electric current. Synonym: thermocouple

thermopile

a number of thermocouples in series, used to increase sensitivity to change in temperature or for direct conversion of heat into electric energy.