One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to heat.‘a thermic effect’
- ‘It has a chemical effect on life processes, not merely a thermic one.’
- ‘The high-protein-and-carb intake induced a greater thermic response than did the high-fat meal (14.6% vs.10.5% of energy intake).’
- ‘If we heat a liquid from below, we will at first have only thermic conductivity from the lower, hotter layer to the upper colder layer.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek thermē ‘heat’ + -ic.
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