candela

noun
can·​de·​la | \kan-ˈdē-lə, -ˈde-, -ˈdā-;ˈkan-də-lə \

Definition of candela 

: the base unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units that is equal to the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source which emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that direction of ¹/₆₈₃ watt per unit solid angle abbreviation cd

called also candle

First Known Use of candela

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candela

Latin, candle

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candela

noun
can·​de·​la | \kan-ˈdē-lə, -ˈdel-ə \

Medical Definition of candela 

: the base unit of luminous intensity in the International System of Units that is equal to the luminous intensity in a given direction of a source which emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that direction of ¹/₆₈₃ watt per unit solid angle abbreviation cd

called also candle

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