[ en-doh-thur-mik ]

  1. Chemistry. noting or pertaining to a chemical change that is accompanied by an absorption of heat (opposed to exothermic).

  2. Zoology. warm-blooded.

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Origin of endothermic

<French endothermique (1879); see endo-, -therm, -ic
  • Also en·do·ther·mal [en-doh-thur-muhl]. /ˌɛn doʊˈθɜr məl/.

Other words from endothermic

  • en·do·ther·mi·cal·ly, adverb
  • en·do·ther·my, en·do·ther·mism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for endothermic



/ (ˌɛndəʊˈθɜːmɪk) /

  1. (of a chemical reaction or compound) occurring or formed with the absorption of heat: Compare exothermic, endoergic

Derived forms of endothermic

  • endothermically, adverb
  • endothermism, noun

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Scientific definitions for endothermic


[ ĕn′dō-thûrmĭk ]

  1. Relating to a chemical reaction that absorbs heat. Compare exothermic.

  2. Warm-blooded.

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