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Pronunciation: ther'mo-for


  1. An arrangement for applying heat to a part; consists of a water heater, a tube conveying hot water to a coil, and another tube conducting the water back to the heater.
  2. A flat bag containing certain salts that produce heat when moistened; used as a substitute for the hot-water bag.

[thermo- + G. phoros, bearing]

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