thermal


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to thermal: Thermal conductivity, Thermal decomposition, Thermal diffusivity, Thermal expansion, Thermal mass, Thermal store

thermal

 [ther´mal]
pertaining to heat.

ther·mal

(ther'măl),
Pertaining to heat.

thermal

/ther·mal/ (ther´m'l) pertaining to or characterized by heat.

thermal

[thur′məl]
Etymology: Gk, thermē, heat
pertaining to the production, application, or maintenance of heat. Also thermic.

thermal

adjective Referring to heat.
 
noun Burn.

ther·mal

, thermic (thĕr'măl, -mik)
Pertaining to heat.

thermal

pertaining to heat.

thermal death point
the state of heat content, as measured by temperature, at which the life of an organism ceases. Important in a consideration of sterilization procedures for certain organisms, especially those that produce spores.
thermal energy
the energy of heat.
thermal injury
see burn.
thermal processing
the preservation of food by the application of heat either in boiling water, by live steam, in an autoclave or by flame.
thermal sensation
the sense of temperature.
thermal stress
see hyperthermia (1), heat stroke, fever.

Patient discussion about thermal

Q. What are the visual distinctions between thermal burns and frostbite? Is it possible to definitively distinguish the two from each other in all cases, or do they present identically in many cases? In other words, are frostbite injuries-for all intents and purposes, actual burns and if they are not, in what ways do they differ?

A. Early frostbite and minor burns may resemble one another visually (by whitened, blanched looking skin, and blister formation). However, last stage frostbite and thermal (heat) burns are very different.
In late stage frostbite, the ice crystals in the cells melt and the ruptured cells pour out their contents, then blisters may form. Since the affected area has basically lost circulation, gangrene sets in rather quickly and the tissue turns black and dry.
Deep (full thickness) heat related burns are surrounded by areas of erythema (reddened skin) and skin with less degrees of burning. Also, eschar is obviously charred skin tissue forming a scab like structure, and looks nothing like gangrene. The wound bed in a burn leaks plasma constantly. Blistering is pretty immediate with heat related burns of a sufficient degree.

More discussions about thermal
References in periodicals archive ?
The Seek Thermal Compact imaging cameras contain an advanced thermal sensor and custom chalcogenide lens to capture, detect, and translate heat into a thermal image that's visible to the human eye.
Thermal Care considers the Turbocor design "ideal" for mid-range chilling applications.
We've listened to our customers and developed Thermal TRACK 5 to meet their need for a portable and convenient thermal process optimization tool to work in the tight confines of their fabs," said James Pascale, SensArray customer commitment advisor for ISIS 5 systems.
Six specimens of 7 % mass fraction yttria-stabilized zirconia coating produced by EB-PVD on nickel-based superalloy substrates have been measured for thermal conductivity.
After his indictment for manufacturing marijuana, (9) Kyllo moved to suppress the evidence gathered in his home on several grounds, including the use of the thermal imager without a search warrant.
In addition, experiments by several groups have shown that thermal proteins can self-assemble and behave as enzymes, inhibitors, and precursors of proteins found in contemporary living cells.
These factors significantly altered the economic case for thermal sand reclamation.
Less polymer breakdown: Medium thermal black reduces the nerve of the polymer and does not increase the viscosity to any large degree.
Moreover, this agreement with Thermaltake serves as a resounding validation of WayCool technology and its commitment to cost effective thermal cooling solutions for the high-end gaming and related industries," noted Russell Wall, CEO of OnScreen.
Since damage results in local thermal barriers, we decided to use a quantitative measurement of relative heat transfer in these panels to show a correlation between damage and thermal conduction.
However, it can be argued that metals' high thermal conductivity cannot be effectively utilized if they conduct heat to the surface of a product faster than air-flow convection can remove heat from the surface.
However, a thermal imager can detect infrared radiation emitted from an object and convert its readings into a two-dimensional, black-and-white picture.