poikilothermism

poikilothermism

[poi-kuh-loh-thur-miz-uhm, poi-kil-uh-]
noun Zoology.
the state or quality of being cold-blooded, as fishes and reptiles.
Also, poikilothermy.
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poikilothermic or poikilothermal (ˌpɔɪkɪləʊˈθɜːmɪk, ˌpɔɪkɪləʊˈθɜːməl)
 
adj
Compare homoiothermic (of all animals except birds and mammals) having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of the surroundings
 
[C19: from Greek poikilos various + thermal]
 
poikilothermal or poikilothermal
 
adj
 
[C19: from Greek poikilos various + thermal]
 
poikilo'thermism or poikilothermal
 
n
 
poikilo'thermy or poikilothermal
 
n

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