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thin film  material which characteristics are dominated primarily by two dimensional effects and are mostly differenet than its bulk properties; in semiconductor devices practically all films above the substrate fall into this category.
TFT, Thin Film Transistor  Thin Film Transistor; a Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor implemented using thin film technology; uses thin films of either polycrystalline or amorphous silicon (or other thin film semiconductors, e.g. organic) and a variety of insulating substrates; compatible with liquid crystal display (LCD) technology; used in active matrix LCDs.
Term (Index) Definition
TFT, Thin Film Transistor  Thin Film Transistor; a Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor implemented using thin film technology; uses thin films of either polycrystalline or amorphous silicon (or other thin film semiconductors, e.g. organic) and a variety of insulating substrates; compatible with liquid crystal display (LCD) technology; used in active matrix LCDs.
transistor  three-terminal semiconductor device in which input signal (voltage or current depending on the type of transistor) controls output current; the most important semiconductor device; performs switching and amplifying functions; early on replaced bulky and inefficient vacuum triode in electronic circuits; invention of transistor (Schockley, Brattain and Bardeen, 1947) triggered electronic revolution after the World Word II; can operate as a discrete device or a building cell of integrated circuits; numerous kinds of transistors can be distinguished based on their design and principles of operation; there are two types of transistors: unipolar (field-effect transistor, or FET) and bipolar.

Reference: See history of transistor
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