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 The chemical reaction that creates the acidic aroma also heats up the flower’s spadix in a process known as thermogenesis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 These supplements come in capsules, tablets, liquids, powders, and bars, with manufacturers claiming the products reduce macronutrient absorption, appetite, body fat, and weight and increase metabolism and thermogenesis, per the NIH. Korin Miller,, 25 June 2021 Bitter orange is particularly high in synephrine, a natural compound that triggers thermogenesis in the body to induce fat loss. Daily Health Reports, Chron, 4 Feb. 2021 In that case, fidgeting is part of a suite of behaviors known as nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), which also includes maintaining posture and other activities involved with going about our daily lives. Popular Science, 6 Jan. 2021 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, 31 Aug. 2020 This rise triggers thermogenesis, the body's natural tendency to create heat, which results in burning calories. Redbook, 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, 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,, 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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“Thermogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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 thermogenesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermogenesis

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


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