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thermodynamics

 [ther″mo-di-nam´iks]
the branch of science dealing with heat, work, and energy, their interconversion, and problems related thereto.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ther·mo·dy·nam·ics

(ther'mō-dī-nam'iks),
1. The branch of physicochemical science concerned with heat and energy and their conversions one into the other involving mechanical work.
2. The study of the flow of heat.
[thermo- + G. dynamis, force]
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ther·mo·dy·nam·ics

(thĕr'mō-dī-nam'iks)
1. The branch of physicochemical science concerned with heat and energy and their conversions of one into the other involving mechanical work.
2. The study of the flow of heat.
[thermo- + G. dynamis, force]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

thermodynamics

the science concerned with the relationships between heat and mechanical work. The laws of thermodynamics are:(1st) when one form of energy is converted to another there is no loss or gain.(2nd) when one form of energy is converted to another a proportion is turned into heat.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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