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an instrument for determining temperatures, in principle making use of a substance (such as alcohol or mercury) with a physical property that varies with temperature and is susceptible of measurement on some defined scale.
Temperatures on Celsius and Fahrenheit thermometers related to temperature ranges. From Elkin et al., 2000.
axilla thermometer a clinical thermometer that is placed in the axilla.
Celsius thermometer one that uses the Celsius scale.
centigrade thermometer one having the interval between two established reference points divided into 100 equal units, such as the Celsius thermometer.
clinical thermometer one used to determine the temperature of the human body.
electronic thermometer a clinical thermometer that uses a sensor based on thermistors, solid-state electronic devices whose electrical characteristics change with temperature. The reading is recorded within seconds, some having a red light or other device to indicate when maximum temperature is reached. Available models include hand-held, desk-top, and wall-mounted units, all having probes that are inserted orally or rectally.
Fahrenheit thermometer one that uses the Fahrenheit scale.
Kelvin thermometer one that uses the Kelvin scale.
oral thermometer a clinical thermometer whose mercury containing bulb is placed under the tongue.
recording thermometer a temperature-sensitive instrument by which the temperature to which it is exposed is continuously recorded.
rectal thermometer a clinical thermometer that is inserted in the rectum.
resistance thermometer one that uses the electric resistance of metals (thermocouple) to determine temperature.
self-registering thermometer
2. one that registers the maximum or minimum temperature attained in the measurement.
tympanic thermometer an electronic clinical thermometer that gives a digital reading in less than two seconds. Second-generation tympanic thermometers work by monitoring the temperature when the ear opening is sealed.
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tym·pan·ic ther·mom·e·ter

(tim-pan'ik thĕr-mom'ĕ-tĕr)
An electronic thermometer that measures temperature by scanning the tympanic membrane.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

tympanic thermometer

A thermometer that determines the temperature electronically by measuring it from the tympanic membrane of the ear.
See: ear thermometry; temperature, tympanic
See also: thermometer
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners
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All patients observed in Phase Two had a mean lower reading on the axilla thermometer in comparison to the tympanic thermometer at all stages, as shown in Figure 2.
Advantages of tympanic thermometers include ease of use, decreased risk for cross-infection and speed of use.1,13,15 However, results of studies on the reliability of measurements from tympanic thermometer are contradictory.1,16-18
Use of tympanic thermometers to screen for fever in patients in a pediatric emergency department.
Comparison of tympanic, esophageal and blood temperatures during mild hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass: A study using an infrared emission detection tympanic thermometer. Journal of Clinical Monitoring, 13(1), 19-24.
Because the temporal artery thermometer uses the same technology as the tympanic thermometer, a device which has been found to have poor reliability (Etikson & Meyers, 1994; Giuliano et al., 1999; Klein et al., 1993), reliability testing of the temporal artery device is needed prior to widespread use in hospitals.
Household penetration of the tympanic thermometer is low, so Omron sees a chance to build its own sales without invading Thermoscan's turf.
The tympanic thermometer used was a Genius 2[TM] (Covidien; Mansfield, MA).
While the temperature differences observed in the current study with the disposable device and reference standard device were smaller than differences observed with the tympanic thermometer, those differences were statistically significant.
Ten parents expressed relief that the tympanic thermometer was not recommended for use in children.
So in chart A, we see that the patient's temperature when measured with a tympanic thermometer is on average 1.21[degrees]F less than what the patient's estimated "true" temperature would be (when measured by the average of the tympanic and oral electronic thermometers).
The three instruments used were: Ototemp LighTouch Pedi Q tympanic thermometer, a B-D Flexible digital thermometer for axillary temperatures, and a single mercury rectal thermometer.