sem·i·con·duc·tor (sĕm′ē-kən-dŭktər, sĕm′ī-)
1. Any of various solid crystalline substances, such as germanium or silicon, having electrical conductivity greater than insulators but less than good conductors, and used especially as a base material for microchips and other electronic devices.
2. An integrated circuit or other electronic component containing a semiconductor as a base material.
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