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An apparatus or container for measuring the heat generated by a chemical reaction, change of state, or formation of a solution.

[Latin calor, heat; see kelə- in Indo-European roots + -meter.]

ca·lor′i·met′ric (kə-lôr′ə-mĕt′rĭk, -lŏr′-) adj.
ca·lor′i·met′ri·cal·ly adv.


(General Physics) an apparatus for measuring amounts of heat, esp to find specific heat capacities, calorific values, etc
calorimetric, ˌcaloriˈmetrical adj
ˌcaloriˈmetrically adv
ˌcaloˈrimetry n


(ˌkæl əˈrɪm ɪ tər)

an apparatus for measuring quantities of heat.
[1785–95; < Latin calor heat + -i- + -meter]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calorimeter - a measuring instrument that determines quantities of heatcalorimeter - a measuring instrument that determines quantities of heat
bomb calorimeter, bomb - strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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Using respiration calorimeters to measure the caloric output of animals, and bomb calorimeters to measure the calories contained in foods, Rubner and others applied a law of isodynamism to the human body: to maintain a steady weight, calories in should equal calories out.