Body temperature is a measure of how well your body can make and get rid of heat. You can take your temperature by using a thermometer. There are specific types to use in different parts of the body.
Most people have an average temperature of about 37°C. But "normal" varies from person to person. Your temperature also changes during the day. It's likely to be lowest in the early morning. And it's probably highest in the early evening. In most adults, an oral temperature above 38°C, or a rectal or ear temperature above 38.3°C, is considered a fever.
There are many places on the body to take your temperature. The mouth, ear, and armpit are the most common. Sometimes the forehead is used.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
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