- the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU's per pound per degree F.
- (originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.
Origin of specific heat
First recorded in 1825–35
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- See under heat capacity.
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