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caloric density

Calories per gram of food. The number of calories in a given mass of food influences hunger and feeding behaviors in animals and humans. When a limited amount of food is available, foods of higher caloric density are more likely to satisfy hunger than equivalent amounts of food with fewer calories. Calorically dense foods that provide little in the way of micronutrients are often termed empty calories. See: satiety Synonym: energy density
See also: density


pertaining to heat or to calories.

caloric density
measure of the energy contained in food, usually quantified as calories or joules, per unit mass of food.
caloric exhaustion
caloric homeostasis
process of regulation of energy intake from food to sustain energy balance.
caloric intake
measure of amount of food energy as calories eaten by an animal.
caloric requirements
see energy requirements.
caloric test
irrigation of the external ear canal with hot or very cold water will stimulate the flow of endolymph and will cause nystagmus if the vestibular system and brainstem are intact.
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