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Medical Term:

Celsius scale

Pronunciation: sel'se-us


a temperature scale based on the triple point of water (defined as 273.16 K) and assigned the value of 0.01°C; has replaced the centigrade scale because the triple point of water can be more accurately measured than the ice point, although, for most practical purposes, the two scales are equivalent.

[Anders Celsius]

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