thermo-, therm-, thermi-, -thermia, -therm, -thermal, -thermic, -thermias, -thermies, -thermous, -thermy
(Greek: heat, heating, heater, hot, warm)
The term heat is employed in ordinary language in different senses. Some scientists distinguish four principal applications of the term:
- Sensation of heat.
- Temperature, or degree of hotness.
- Quantity of thermal energy.
- Radiant heat, or energy of radiation.
2. A reference to a chemical reaction releasing heat energy.
2. Deriving body heat from the sun and other external sources.
It has a thermocouple, resistance wire, or thermistor as the temperature-sensitive element.
A thermocouple is a thermoelectric device used to measure temperatures accurately, especially one consisting of two dissimilar metals joined so that a potential difference generated between the points of contact is a measure of the temperature difference between the points.
One junction is at the temperature to be measured, the second is at a fixed temperature. The electromotive force generated depends upon the temperature difference.
2. Temperature sensors that exploit the predictable change in electrical resistance of some materials with changing temperatures.
2. A thermometer that uses thermoelectric current to measure temperature.
3. An instrument which utilizes an electrical means to measure temperature; such as, a thermocouple or resistance thermometer.
4. A thermometer indicating temperature variations by means of electrical current flowing through a circuit in which a galvanometer is inserted.
The sensitive element can be an electrical resistance whose value changes with temperature, or a thermocouple (formed by two soldered metals), which also generates specific quantities of current at different temperatures.
2. A therapeutic destructive form of electrosurgery in which tissue is hardened by the passage of high-frequency current from an electric cautery device.
3. A method of sealing blood vessels using heat generated by high-frequency electric current through fine needles or an electrical surgical knife.
The procedure is used during surgery to close newly cut vessels and it can also be used to stop nosebleeds and to remove vascular deformities.
A patient's temperature can be taken while he or she is asleep and the patient will rarely be aware of the procedure because, among other technologies, it provides an active-user feedback light, and guiding proper probe positioning.
One electronic ear thermometer manufacturer claims that this device offers professional accuracy with proven speed, accuracy and ease of use, and it measures temperature in the ear in just one second, and then beeps when it is ready to be read.
A memory function displays the last eight temperatures taken and it also features an easy-to-read LCD-display which indicates the temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, an auto shut-off after two minutes, and a lens filter ejector.
2. A thermometer that uses a sensor, usually a thermistor, which is placed on or near an object which is being measured.
3. An instrument which is used to measure a temperature that operates with the action of an electronic sensor which is positioned next to the substance being measured.
2. An electric blanket containing resistance heaters for heating body tissue and relieving pain.
3. A reference to the production of heat from electricity.
4. An apparatus that generates heat electrically for application to the surface of a body to relieve pain.
2. A reference to an electric blanket containing resistance heaters for heating tissue and relieving pain.
3. A reference to both heat and electricity; in particular, pertaining to the conversion of electrical energy into heat energy.
4. The heating effect of electric current, or the electric current produced by heat.