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Thermometer


Picture of thermometers

How to read a thermometer

Thermometers are calibrated in either degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or degrees Celsius (°C), depending on the custom of the region. Digital thermometers display the temperature on a small screen. Non-digital thermometers have a special mark, usually an arrow, showing a "normal" temperature of 98.6°F (37°C).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJanuary 20, 2011

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