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thermocouple

Pronunciation: ther'mo-kup'el

Definition: A device for measuring slight changes in temperature, consisting of two wires of different metals, one wire being kept at a certain low temperature, the other in the tissue or other material whose temperature is to be measured; a thermoelectric current is set up that is measured by a potentiometer.

Synonym(s): thermojunction

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