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heat capacity

noun, Thermodynamics
1.
the heat required to raise the temperature of a substance one degree.
Compare specific heat.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for heat-capacity

heat capacity

noun
1.
the heat required to raise the temperature of a substance by unit temperature interval under specified conditions, usually measured in joules per kelvin. Symbol: Cp (for constant pressure) or Cv (for constant volume)
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heat-capacity in Medicine

heat capacity n.
The amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one mole or one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius without change of phase. Also called thermal capacity.

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heat-capacity in Science
heat capacity  
The ratio of the heat energy absorbed by a substance to its increase in temperature. Heat capacity is also called thermal capacity. ◇ The specific heat or specific heat capacity of a substance is the heat capacity per unit mass, usually measured in joules per kilogram per degree Kelvin. See also latent heat, thermodynamics.

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heat-capacity in Culture

heat capacity definition


In physics, the capability of a substance to absorb energy in the form of heat for a given increase in temperature. Materials with high heat capacities, such as water, require greater amounts of heat to increase their temperatures than do substances with low heat capacities, such as metals. (See entropy.)

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