kilocalorie

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

kilocalorie (plural kilocalories)

  1. a non-SI unit of energy equal to 1,000 calories, used (now rare) in chemistry or physics; equal to 1 calorie or Calorie as used in nutrition. Symbol kcal.

Usage notes[edit]

This prefix kilo- is generally applied to the small calorie, and not to the large calorie used in nutrition, to avoid confusion because 1,000 food calories would be 1,000,000 small calories.


Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

kilocalorie f

  1. plural form of kilocaloria