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  1. an apparatus for measuring quantities of heat.
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Origin of calorimeter

First recorded in 1785–95; calori- + -meter
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Examples from the Web for calorimeter

Historical Examples of calorimeter

  • Two occurrences of 'Colorimeter' for 'Calorimeter' repaired.

    Electricity for Boys

    J. S. Zerbe

  • For accurate determination the heat received by the calorimeter must be considered.


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • A calorimeter is any piece of apparatus in which heat is measured.

  • The gas is forced from the bell to the calorimeter by the pressure in the bell.

  • An instrument called a calorimeter is used to determine the amount of heat a substance will give off upon oxidation.

British Dictionary definitions for calorimeter


  1. an apparatus for measuring amounts of heat, esp to find specific heat capacities, calorific values, etc
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Derived Formscalorimetric (ˌkælərɪˈmɛtrɪk) or calorimetrical, adjectivecalorimetrically, adverbcalorimetry, noun
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Word Origin and History for calorimeter


1794, from calorie + -meter. A hybrid word.

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calorimeter in Medicine


  1. An apparatus for measuring the heat generated by a chemical reaction, change of state, or formation of a solution.
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Related formsca•lor′i•metric (kə-lôr′ə-mĕtrĭk) adj.
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