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Doping is either a term to describe drug use (usually illegal), or the process of putting certain types of chemical elements in a semiconductor in order to make their characteristics different.

Different types of doping[change | change source]

Electronics[change | change source]

In the field of electronics, doping is when a tiny impurity is added to a semiconductor. This is done to create diodes that make electricity go in one direction, or to make transistors and semiconductor switches.

When a element called Boron is added to silicon, the Boron "dopant" is called an "acceptor" because it likes accepting electrons.

When a chemical called Phosphorous is added to silicon, the Phosphorous is called a "donor" because it does not like electrons.

Drugs[change | change source]

When referring to everyday drug use, doping can be considered an old term and is not found in common usage. Some would say it is a "50's" term, much like "going steady". But the use of illegal drugs to help a sportsperson do better is still called "doping", it is not an old fashioned term in sports.

Doping often refers to Marijuana usage, as a common alternate name for Marijuana is dope. The word referring to drug use was probably derived from dope, which means someone who is stupid.