[ kil-uh-kal-uh-ree ]
/ ˈkɪl əˌkæl ə ri /

noun Thermodynamics.

one thousand small calories. Abbreviation: kcalAlso called Calorie, kilogram calorie, large calorie.Compare calorie(def 1a).


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Origin of kilocalorie

First recorded in 1890–95; kilo- + calorie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for kilocalorie

/ (ˈkɪləʊˌkælərɪ) /


another name for Calorie
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Medical definitions for kilocalorie

[ kĭlə-kăl′ə-rē ]


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Scientific definitions for kilocalorie

[ kĭlə-kăl′ə-rē ]

See calorie.
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