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An electron tube used in the earliest video cameras to capture images by scanning a photoactive mosaic with an electron beam.

[Originally a trademark.]


(Broadcasting) a television camera tube in which an electron beam scans a photoemissive surface, converting an optical image into electrical pulses


(aɪˈkɒn əˌskoʊp)

a television camera tube in which a beam of high-velocity electrons scans a photoemissive mosaic. Compare orthicon.
[1930–35; formerly a trademark]
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Noun1.iconoscope - the first practical television-camera for picture pickupiconoscope - the first practical television-camera for picture pickup; invented in 1923 by Vladimir Kosma Zworykin
television pickup tube, television-camera tube - a tube that rapidly scans an optical image and converts it into electronic signals
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