ther·​mo·​reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌthər-mō-ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce thermoregulation (audio) \

Definition of thermoregulation

: the maintenance or regulation of temperature specifically : the maintenance of a particular temperature of the living body

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thermoregulate \ ˌthər-​mō-​ˈre-​gyə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce thermoregulation (audio) \ verb

Examples of thermoregulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These natural processes lead to difficulties in thermoregulation, as do medicines typically prescribed older people to treat ongoing conditions. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 29 June 2021 More likely: energetic efficiency, better thermoregulation and enhanced carrying capability. David P. Barash, WSJ, 16 June 2021 While cooler temperatures may impact your ability to get comfortable, too-warm temperatures can interfere with your body's thermoregulation abilities and have been shown to decrease sleep efficiency. Womensmedia, Forbes, 10 June 2021 There are typically more down hairs in an animal’s coat than any other hair type, and these are primarily used for thermoregulation (creating an insulating layer next to the skin). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 24 Dec. 2020 The physiological function of these features was likely thermoregulation in order to keep K. kely from freezing to death since smaller animals have a harder time retaining heat. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 19 July 2020 This is called thermoregulation, which is how the nervous system tries to keep your core body temperature at around 98.6 degrees, according to the Mayo Clinic. Rachel Grumman Bender, SELF, 24 Feb. 2020 Stellar sea lions are masters of thermoregulation and use land—and in this case, boats—to avoid predators. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 3 Jan. 2020 Mammals have to thermoregulate, adjusting their own body temperatures to stay warm or to cool off, and thermoregulation has long been associated with sleep. National Geographic, 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of thermoregulation

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thermoregulation

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ther·​mo·​reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ -ˌreg-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce thermoregulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermoregulation

: the maintenance or regulation of temperature specifically : the maintenance of a particular temperature of the living body

Other Words from thermoregulation

thermoregulate \ -​ˈreg-​yə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce thermoregulation (audio) \ verb thermoregulated; thermoregulating

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