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 (pī′rō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, -ē′lĕk-)
Generation of electric charge on a crystal by change of temperature.
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(ˌpaɪrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; -ˌiːlɛk-)
(General Physics) the development of opposite charges at the ends of the axis of certain hemihedral crystals, such as tourmaline, as a result of a change in temperature
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(ˌpaɪ roʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-)

electrification or electrical polarity produced in certain crystals by temperature changes.
py`ro•e•lec′tric, adj.
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Noun1.pyroelectricity - generation of an electric charge on certain crystals (such as tourmaline) as a result of a change in temperature
electrical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon involving electricity
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To date, this concept has not been explored, in particular, based on single smart-material(s) via both pyroelectricity and piezoelectricity.
Gasulla, and V Ferrari, (2010) "Thermal energy harvesting through pyroelectricity," Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2010; 158(1).
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Ca[Nb.sub.2][O.sub.6] also possesses interesting properties, namely, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, and electrooptic and nonlinear optical activity [8-11].