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The quantity of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 kg of water 1C, more precisely from 14.5 to 15.5C; it is 1000 times the value of the small calorie; used in measurements of the heat production of chemical reactions, including those involved in biology.

Synonyms: kilocalorie, kilogram calorie.

(05 Mar 2000)