an instrument for measuring the temperature of a metal, utilizing the principle that the electrical resistance of the metal varies with the temperature.
Origin of resistance thermometer
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for resistance thermometer
an accurate type of thermometer in which temperature is calculated from the resistance of a coil of wire (usually of platinum) or of a semiconductor placed at the point at which the temperature is to be measured
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Medicine definitions for resistance thermometer
A device measuring temperature by the change of the electrical resistance of a metal wire.
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