calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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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In aging studies in animals, cutting back on calories increases life span. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can a single pill keep you healthy to 100?," 10 July 2019 Ahead of the studio’s grand opening in River Oaks Shopper Center, general manager Megan Cushing tapped Tootsies to host an exclusive preview of Barry’s famous, calorie-melting class style. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Cushing helps open Barry’s Bootcamp Houston, the ‘best workout in the world’," 10 July 2019 Roughly 83 percent of consumable food calories come from just these 10 sources. Deepak Ray, The Conversation, "Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies," 9 July 2019 These organisms break down hay, grass, and other hard-to-digest plant material into usable nutrients and calories. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Gut bacteria could be key to producing tastier cow’s milk," 3 July 2019 The meager calories in jellyfish weren’t the only reason that scientists dismissed them. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 People are consuming too many calories and too much low-quality food, bringing on chronic diseases like cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Julia Belluz, Vox, "This Mediterranean diet study was hugely impactful. The science just fell apart.," 20 June 2018 But for the rest of the day’s 16 hours, they were limited to water or calorie-free drinks. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet," 19 June 2018 The government recommends 2,000 calories a day for most adults. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Freaking big! Jimmy John's goes 16 inches on sandwiches packing up to 2,190 calories," 7 June 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 How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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 How to pronounce calory (audio) \
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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