perspiration

noun

per·​spi·​ra·​tion ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio)
1
: the action or process of perspiring
2
: a saline fluid secreted by the sweat glands : sweat

Examples of perspiration in a Sentence

She wiped the perspiration from her forehead.
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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of perspiration was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Perspiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perspiration. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

perspiration

noun
per·​spi·​ra·​tion ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio)
1
: the act or process of perspiring
2
: a salty fluid given off by the sweat glands : sweat

Medical Definition

perspiration

noun
per·​spi·​ra·​tion ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio)
1
: the act or process of perspiring
2
: a saline fluid that is secreted by the sweat glands, that consists chiefly of water containing sodium chloride and other salts, nitrogenous substances (as urea), carbon dioxide, and other solutes, and that serves both as a means of excretion and as a regulator of body temperature through the cooling effect of its evaporation

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