brown fat

noun

Definition of brown fat 

: a mammalian heat-producing tissue occurring especially in human fetuses and newborn infants and in hibernating animals

called also brown adipose tissue

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Cells in brown fat have an abundance of mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cellular machinery. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Can you skip your regular workout and just shiver instead?," 1 May 2018 Thanks to Stanford's previous work, the research team already knew that brown fat produces the lipokine 12,13-diHOME during shivering. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Can you skip your regular workout and just shiver instead?," 1 May 2018 When brown fat is active, the mitochondria go to work and generate heat. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Can you skip your regular workout and just shiver instead?," 1 May 2018 When the participants in the study slept at 66 degrees opposed to warmer temperatures, their amount of brown fat increased, while the opposite occurred during the months their sleeping areas were warmer. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 One theory behind the cold burn is that chilly weather sets brown fat in motion. Dana Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Burn calories, live longer: Cold weather isn't all bad," 5 Jan. 2018 Exercise also is believed to prompt small amounts of white fat to transform into brown fat, a particularly desirable form of fat that burns a lot of calories. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "How Exercise Can Make for Healthier Fat," 6 Dec. 2017 What was inside the needles was a browning agent, something that converts white fat to brown fat. Emily Price, Fortune, "In the future, there might be a patch to help you get rid of troublesome love handles.," 18 Sep. 2017 The patch uses nanotechnology to increase the body’s metabolism and transform energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat, according to the report released Friday by ACS Nano, a publication of the American Chemical Society. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Study: Skin patch that melts love handles in mice could work on humans," 16 Sep. 2017

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brown fat

noun

Medical Definition of brown fat 

: a mammalian heat-producing tissue occurring especially in human fetuses and newborn infants and in hibernating animals

called also brown adipose tissue

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