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thermoregulation

[thur-moh-reg-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌθɜr moʊˌrɛg yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun, Physiology
1.
the regulation of body temperature.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; thermo- + regulation
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thermoregulatory
[thur-moh-reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌθɜr moʊˈrɛg yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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thermoregulatory in Medicine

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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thermoregulatory in Science
thermoregulation
  (thûr'mō-rěg'yə-lā'shən)   
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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Encyclopedia Article for thermoregulatory

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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