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tem•per•a•ture



Pronunciation: (tem'pur-u-chur, -choor", -pru-, -pur-chur, -choor"), [key]
n.
1. a measure of the warmth or coldness of an object or substance with reference to some standard value. The temperature of two systems is the same when the systems are in thermal equilibrium.
2. Physiol., Pathol.
a. the degree of heat in a living body, normally about 98.6°F (37°C) in humans.
b. the excess of this above the normal.
3. Obs.mildness, as of the weather.
4. Obs.temperament.

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Temperate Zonetemperature gradient
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