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calorie

Pronunciation: kal′ō-rē

Definition: A unit of heat content or energy. The amount of heat necessary to raise 1 g of water from 14.5–15.5°C (small calorie). Calorie is being replaced by joule, the SI unit equal to 0.239 calorie.

Synonym(s): calory

[L. calor, heat]

See Also: British thermal unit

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