forehead thermometer

noun

plural forehead thermometers
: a thermometer that is placed on, passed over, or pointed at the forehead to measure a person's body temperature
especially : a handheld thermometer that measures the temperature of a branch of the superficial temporal artery (see temporal artery sense 2a) by pointing an infrared scanner directly at the forehead or lightly passing the scanner across the skin of the forehead : temporal thermometer
As a precaution, all center visitors will have their temperatures taken with forehead thermometers upon arrival, and all students will be directed to wash their hands. Howard Blume
They recently bought a forehead thermometer and have tested teammates' temperatures with it three times daily. Henri Gendreau

Examples of forehead thermometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many devices that were in frequent use during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as pulse oximeters and forehead thermometers, involve emitting and capturing light to make a measurement. Kaitlyn Schwanemann, CNN, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forehead thermometer was in 1979

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“Forehead thermometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forehead%20thermometer. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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