# Science

What are a few significant differences between laboratory thermometers and clinical thermometers?

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asked by Alex
1. There are several answers to that question on the web, but this is the best one I could find:

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These days, most clinical thermometer (body temperature) measurements are digital, but the glass-and-mercury kind that you have to shake before measuring are still widely used. The shaking is often necessary to keep the mercury from sticking high up in the tube after a previous measurement.

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posted by drwls
2. Clinical thermometers have a kink but laboratory thermometers have a wide range

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