calorie

noun
cal·o·rie | \ˈka-lə-rē, ˈkal-rē\
variants: or less commonly calory
plural calories

Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius : 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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Nutrition | Per serving: 391 calories (19 percent from fat), 8.3 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 3 g monounsaturated), 127 mg cholesterol, 45.9 g protein, 39 g carbohydrates, 7.7 g fiber, 577 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Both the yoga and hiking workout profiles take heart rate into account when determining calories burned; hiking takes elevation into account as well. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri," 5 June 2018 The basic nutrition stats per cup of fresh blueberries: 85 calories, 0 fat, 21 grams carbohydrate, 3.5 grams fiber, 15 grams sugar, and 1 gram protein. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 Legal pot may reshape wine sales across the country as professionals, particularly women seeking to cut calories, set down their wine glasses and switch to cannabis, concludes a new analysis by one of Europe's biggest banks. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Trading wine for weed? Experts say trend likely to accelerate thanks to legal pot," 26 Apr. 2018 Wilson points to the goal of increasing heart rate (ideally 85 to 100 percent of your maximum) and enhancing what’s called the after-burn effect of calorie burning that continues about 24 hours after a workout. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando man loses 60 pounds with the help of a deck of cards," 9 Mar. 2018 With flavors under 300 calories per pint, @halotopcreamery is the perfect guilt-free treat. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "The Best Days to Go Grocery Shopping," 2 June 2018 On the flipside, cauliflower contains just 27 calories per cup and it's packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "It's Official: Cauliflower Is Just as Good for You as Colorful Veggies," 31 May 2018 Protein and carbohydrates contain about four calories per gram, fats contain nine, and alcohol contains seven. Dylan Mackay, SELF, "Here's How to Tell If You Should Be Tracking Your Macros," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of calorie

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calorie

French calorie, from Latin calor heat, from calēre to be warm — more at lee

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The first known use of calorie was in 1866

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calorie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calorie

: a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy that foods will produce in the human body

calorie

noun
cal·o·rie | \ˈka-lə-rē, ˈkal-rē\

Kids Definition of calorie

1 : a unit for measuring heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius

2 : a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy foods produce in the human body that is equal to 1000 calories

calorie

noun
cal·o·rie
variants: also calory \ˈkal-(ə-)rē \
plural calories

Medical Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also kilocalorie, kilogram calorie, large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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