basal metabolic rate

noun

Definition of basal metabolic rate

: the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest

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Recent Examples on the Web This is also why basal metabolic rate decreases with age. Terezie Tolar-peterson, The Conversation, "Whether slow or fast, here’s how your metabolism influences how many calories you burn each day," 28 Dec. 2020 Having a fever can also affect a person’s basal metabolic rate. Terezie Tolar-peterson, The Conversation, "Whether slow or fast, here’s how your metabolism influences how many calories you burn each day," 28 Dec. 2020 Fighting infection increases a person’s basal metabolic rate — the amount of energy needed at rest per unit of time — and that raises his or her temperature. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "What Does Our Body Temperature Say About Our Health?," 24 Mar. 2020 And what exactly is basal metabolic rate, or resting metabolism? Erin Palinski-wade, Rd, Cde, Ldn, Good Housekeeping, "How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?," 6 Jan. 2020 And what exactly is basal metabolic rate, or resting metabolism? Erin Palinski-wade, Rd, Cde, Ldn, Good Housekeeping, "How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?," 6 Jan. 2020 The energy, or calories, your body burns just to keep you alive is called your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Jill Provost, Good Housekeeping, "How Many Calories Do You Need?," 20 Jan. 2016 And what exactly is basal metabolic rate, or resting metabolism? Erin Palinski-wade, Rd, Cde, Ldn, Good Housekeeping, "How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?," 6 Aug. 2018 Researchers have found that in some places with warming water, fish with increased basal metabolic rates can’t get enough energy to adapt and also to conduct important survival tasks, like swimming. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Basal metabolic rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basal%20metabolic%20rate. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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basal metabolic rate

noun

Medical Definition of basal metabolic rate

: the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest

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