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clinical thermometer

noun
1.
a small thermometer used to measure body temperature.
Origin of clinical thermometer
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80
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Examples from the Web for clinical thermometer
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  • I described the use of the clinical thermometer, and handed it to her.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • I slipped my clinical thermometer into his armpit and counted his pulse rate.

    The Mystery of Cloomber Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In his hand was a clinical thermometer and an odor of drugs surrounded him.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • A clinical thermometer for whites and one for blacks should be included.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • He is said to have been the first to put in use the clinical thermometer.

  • I wish there was such a thing as a clinical thermometer of unhappiness, and you would see how utterly miserable I am.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • He thrust a clinical thermometer beneath the Kavirondo's tongue, glancing at a wrist watch as he did so.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The clinical thermometer is in itself considered big medicine, and often does much good.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • With a stethoscope and a clinical thermometer; and I'll hold the hat and make the omelette.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • If the clinical thermometer shows the temperature to be above normal, it is apoplexy; if below normal, it is alcoholism.

British Dictionary definitions for clinical thermometer

clinical thermometer

noun
1.
a finely calibrated thermometer for determining the temperature of the body, usually placed under the tongue, in the armpit, or in the rectum
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clinical thermometer in Medicine

clinical thermometer n.
A thermometer having a graduated glass tube with a bulb containing a liquid, typically mercury or colored alcohol, that expands and rises in the tube as the temperature increases.

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