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Diode

Diodes have a positive (+) and negative (-) terminal. The negative terminal (cathode) is clearly marked on both the component and in the circuit symbol...

Various diodes. (Enlarge)

Circuit symbol diode.

By the term "diode" today one generally thinks only of semiconductor diodes and silicon diodes. All other diodes are identified by an addition to the term (for example: Schotky diode, Zener diode, diode tube, etc).

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