Reaumur


Re·au·mur

adjective \ˌrā-ō-ˈmyr, ˈrā-ō-ˌ\

Definition of REAUMUR

:  relating to or conforming to a thermometric scale on which the boiling point of water is at 80° above the zero of the scale and the freezing point is at zero

Origin of REAUMUR

René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
First Known Use: 1799

Ré·au·mur

biographical name \ˌrā-ō-ˈmyr, -ˈmuer\

Definition of RÉAUMUR

René-Antoine Ferchault de 1683–1757 Fr. naturalist & physicist

Re·au·mur

adjective \ˌrā-ō-ˈmy(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REAUMUR

: relating or conforming to a thermometric scale on which the boiling point of water is at 80° above the zero of the scale and the freezing point is at zero <the Reaumur thermometer>—abbreviation R

Biographical Note for REAUMUR

Ré·au·mur \rā-ō-mu̅e̅r\ René–Antoine Ferchault de (1683–1757), French physicist and naturalist. Réaumur devised in 1730 a thermometer with a scale marking 0° as the freezing point and 80° as the boiling point of water. Interested in many areas of science, he isolated gastric juice in 1752 and investigated its role in the digestive process.

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