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It seems similar but can you guys please answer it that what is a specific difference between degree celsius and celsius degree?

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marked as duplicate by JMac, Community Aug 5 at 14:10

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"Degrees Celsius" is used to indicate a single temperature. As in, "water boils at $100$ degrees Celsius".

"Celsius degrees" is used for temperature differences. As in, "There are $10$ Celsius degrees between the inside temperature and the outside temperature."

Note that this is not really standard. I think people usually just use "degrees Celsius".

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  • $\begingroup$ It is worth mentioning that this convention is not universally respected, and is not even mentioned in many introductory texts. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Aug 5 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ Aaron Stevens thank you so much😊😊 $\endgroup$ – Rhythm Aug 5 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee That makes a lot of sense; because this is literally the first I've ever heard of it. (and when I googled "celsius degree" I actually found a dupe of this as one of the first hits) $\endgroup$ – JMac Aug 5 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ @JMac I didn’t encounter it until I was teaching. But I think I approve and have been slowly adding to my own writing. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Aug 5 at 14:13
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    $\begingroup$ A more common example of the same word reversal would be, for example:" Go 35 miles along the Interstate to Mile 54." $\endgroup$ – DJohnM Aug 5 at 16:28

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