tem·per·a·ture (tĕmpər-ə-chr′, -chər, tĕmprə-)
a. The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment.
b. A measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter, expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale.
a. The degree of heat in the body of a living organism, usually about 37.0°C (98.6°F) in humans.
b. An abnormally high condition of body heat caused by illness; a fever.
[Middle English, temperate weather, Latin temperātūra, due measure, from temperātus, past participle of temperāre, to mix; see TEMPER.]
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