ther·​mom·​e·​try thər-ˈmä-mə-trē How to pronounce thermometry (audio)
: the measurement of temperature

Examples of thermometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sensors leverage several different modalities: An electrocardiography sensor measures heart rate; an inertial measurement unit tracks movement and breathing rate; thermometry shows temperature. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Mar. 2024 This finding held, even when researchers allowed for changes in thermometry methods and technologies. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 Wunderlich was a German physician and researcher who contributed a great deal to the science of thermometry. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 Enter Danish astronomer Olaus Rømer, who heralded an innovation that would change thermometry forever. Phil Jaekl, Time, 1 June 2021 But the reports have been convincing, says Luís Carlos, a nanoscientist at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, who studies intracellular thermometry but was not involved in the new study. Alla Katsnelson, Scientific American, 15 Jan. 2021 The newly bright prospects for ocean acoustic thermometry are also a validation for Munk, who was deeply saddened when his global acoustic dreams were muted, Cornuelle says. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 17 Sep. 2020 But by then, oceanographers had left acoustic thermometry behind and were relying on Argo, Dushaw says. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 17 Sep. 2020 There are also surprising opportunities for errors simply because of the massive technological changes from the early 1800s to the present day: How were temperatures taken, and could the change be because of more precise thermometry? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thermometry was in 1848

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“Thermometry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ther·​mom·​e·​try thə(r)-ˈmäm-ə-trē How to pronounce thermometry (audio)
plural thermometries
: the measurement of temperature

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