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clinical thermometerclick to hear

More precise than the alcohol thermometer, it is used to take the temperature of the human body; it is graduated from 94°F to 108°F.
clinical thermometer expansion chamber stem capillary tube scale column of mercury constriction mercury bulb

expansion chamber click to hear

Space that is taken up by the gas in the capillary bore; it is pushed back as the mercury rises into it.

stem click to hear

Glass tube containing the capillary bore.

capillary tube click to hear

End of the glass tube in which the mercury rises or falls with the temperature; the mercury thermometer tube is filled with gas.

scale click to hear

Divisions of equal length (degrees) marked on the thermometer that constitute the units of measurement.

column of mercury click to hear

Quantity of mercury that is contained in the capillary bore; its height varies with the temperature.

constriction click to hear

Narrowing that prevents the mercury from spontaneously dropping into the bulb as the temperature lowers (the thermometer must be shaken to make it go down).

mercury bulb click to hear

Glass reservoir containing mercury (a liquid metal) that expands and rises in the capillary tube as the temperature rises.