ther·​mo·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌthər-mō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce thermogenesis (audio) \

Definition of thermogenesis

: the production of heat especially in the body (as by oxidation)

Examples of thermogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If getting sweaty doesn’t sound like fun, aim for 10,000 steps’ worth of non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) per day instead. Pam Moore, Washington Post, "Cardio isn’t enough. For a healthy heart, add resistance training.," 31 Aug. 2020 This rise triggers thermogenesis, the body's natural tendency to create heat, which results in burning calories. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 Try to focus on a whole-day approach to activity and maximizing your non-exercise activity thermogenesis (also known as NEAT). Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "How to Fix a Sedentary Lifestyle (Because It's Never Too Late to Get Moving)," 17 Mar. 2020 Protein takes the most calories for your body to process, with 20 to 30 percent of protein calories eaten going to thermogenesis, compared with fat and carbohydrates, which is 0 to 3 percent and 5 to 10 percent, respectively. Ellie Krieger,, "The truth behind 4 'metabolism-boosting' foods," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of thermogenesis

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thermogenesis

New Latin

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The first known use of thermogenesis was in 1891

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5 Sep 2020

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“Thermogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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ther·​mo·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌthər-mō-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce thermogenesis (audio) \
plural thermogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce thermogeneses (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermogenesis

: the production of heat especially in the body (as by oxidation)

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