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Line breaks: kilo|cal¦orie
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪləˌkaləri
(abbreviation: kcal)

Definition of kilocalorie in English:


A unit of energy of one thousand calories (equal to one large calorie).
Example sentences
  • In scientific terms, 1 calorie is a kilocalorie, which is the amount of energy required to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.
  • In the United States, energy is expressed in kilocalories or megacalories (Mcal).
  • The units typically used for heats of sublimation are kilojoule per mole or kilocalories per mole.

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