- Archaic. a hypothetical fluid whose presence in matter was thought to determine its thermal state.
Origin of caloric
1785–95; < French calorique, equivalent to calor- (< Latin calor heat) + -ique -ic
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- of or concerned with heat or calories
- obsolete a hypothetical elastic fluid formerly postulated as the embodiment of heat
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Word Origin and History for calorically
hypothetical fluid in a now-discarded model of heat exchange, 1792, from French calorique, coined in this sense by Lavoisier, from Latin calorem "heat" (nominative calor; see calorie). The adjective is recorded from 1865.
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Bárány's caloric test
- A test for assessing vestibular function in which the ear is irrigated with either hot or cold water, normally stimulating the vestibular apparatus, resulting in nystagmus; a lack of nystagmus indicates impaired vestibular functioning.
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