exothermic

[ek-soh-thur-mik]
adjective Chemistry.
noting or pertaining to a chemical change that is accompanied by a liberation of heat (opposed to endothermic ).
Also, exothermal.


Origin:
1880–85; exo- + thermic

exothermically, exothermally, adverb
exothermicity [ek-soh-ther-mis-i-tee] , noun
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exothermic or exothermal (ˌɛksəʊˈθɜːmɪk)
 
adj
endothermic Compare exoergic (of a chemical reaction or compound) occurring or formed with the evolution of heat
 
exothermal or exothermal
 
adj
 
exo'thermically or exothermal
 
adv
 
exo'thermally or exothermal
 
adv

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exothermic
from Fr. exothermique (1879), from Gk. exo- + therme "heat" (see thermal).
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exothermic ex·o·ther·mic (ěk'sō-thûr'mĭk) or ex·o·ther·mal (-məl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a chemical reaction during which heat is released.

  2. Of of relating to the external warmth of the body.

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exothermic   (ěk'sō-thûr'mĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to a chemical reaction that releases heat. Compare endothermic.
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Example sentences
When water is formed by burning hydrogen, that's an exothermic reaction.
Highly exothermic chemical reactions are needed to thrust spacecraft into the
  air.
Since this reaction is exothermic--that is, it releases heat--it requires no
  input of energy to drive it.
What is the difference between an endo and exothermic reaction.
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