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Both devices are safety measures for the electrical circuit. The home fuse is a glass affair with a burnable core. If the core melts, the circuit opens. The circuit breaker does the same thing, but is a "reset" device, meaning that it can be used over and over again. The fuse is replaceable, but not "reset-able." Both systems are used in modern homes, but the fuse system is being replaced by the circuit breaker system.

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