# What is the difference between degree celsius and celsius degree? [duplicate]

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

"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".

• It is worth mentioning that this convention is not universally respected, and is not even mentioned in many introductory texts. Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 14:08
• Aaron Stevens thank you so much😊😊 Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 14:09
• @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)
– JMac
Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 14:10
• @JMac I didn’t encounter it until I was teaching. But I think I approve and have been slowly adding to my own writing. Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 14:13
• A more common example of the same word reversal would be, for example:" Go 35 miles along the Interstate to Mile 54." Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 16:28