ectotherm

[ek-tuh-thurm]
noun Zoology.
a cold-blooded animal.

Origin:
1940–45; ecto- + therm

ectothermic, adjective
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ectotherm ec·to·therm (ěk'tə-thûrm')
n.
An organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; a poikilotherm.

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ectotherm   (ěk'tə-thûrm')  Pronunciation Key 
A cold-blooded organism. Also called poikilotherm.
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It is an ectotherm that naturally experiences an impressive range of temperatures during the course of the year.
The influence of the cost of growth on ectotherm metabolism.
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