thermoregulation

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thermoregulation

[thur-moh-reg-yuh-ley-shuhn]
noun Physiology.
the regulation of body temperature.

Origin:
1925–30; thermo- + regulation

thermoregulatory [thur-moh-reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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thermoregulation ther·mo·reg·u·la·tion (thûr'mō-rěg'yə-lā'shən)
n.
Maintenance of a constant internal body temperature independent of the environmental temperature.


ther'mo·reg'u·la·to'ry (-rěg'yə-lə-tôr'ē) adj.
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thermoregulation   (thûr'mō-rěg'yə-lā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
Maintenance of a constant internal body temperature independent of the environmental temperature. Thermoregulation in humans is effected through metabolic activity and sweating.
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thermoregulation

the maintenance of an optimum temperature range by an organism. Cold-blooded animals (poikilotherms) pick up or lose heat by way of the environment, moving from one place to another as necessary. Warm-blooded animals (homoiotherms) have additional means by which they can heat and cool their bodies. Muscular activity can be an important source of heat in both kinds of animals. See thermoreception.

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Still, he remained convinced that bone could be used as an indicator of an animal's thermoregulation.
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