exothermic

or ex·o·ther·mal

[ ek-soh-thur-mik ]
/ ˌɛk soʊˈθɜr mɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

noting or pertaining to a chemical change that is accompanied by a liberation of heat (opposed to endothermic).

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Origin of exothermic

First recorded in 1880–85; exo- + thermic

OTHER WORDS FROM exothermic

ex·o·ther·mi·cal·ly, ex·o·ther·mal·ly, adverbex·o·ther·mic·i·ty [ek-soh-ther-mis-i-tee], /ˌɛk soʊ θərˈmɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exothermic

exothermic

exothermal

/ (ˌɛksəʊˈθɜːmɪk) /

adjective

(of a chemical reaction or compound) occurring or formed with the evolution of heatCompare endothermic, exoergic

Derived forms of exothermic

exothermically or exothermally, adverb
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Medical definitions for exothermic

exothermic
[ ĕk′sō-thûrmĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to a chemical reaction during which heat is released.
Of or relating to the external warmth of the body.
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Scientific definitions for exothermic

exothermic
[ ĕk′sō-thûrmĭk ]

Relating to a chemical reaction that releases heat. Compare endothermic.
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