thermoregulatory

adjective
ther·​mo·​reg·​u·​la·​to·​ry | \ ˌthər-mō-ˈre-gyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce thermoregulatory (audio) \

Definition of thermoregulatory

: tending to maintain a body at a particular temperature whatever its environmental temperature thermoregulatory mechanisms

Examples of thermoregulatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Importantly, drinking well above thirst doubled the severity of gut discomfort, which likely overshadowed any cardiovascular or thermoregulatory benefits from drinking the additional fluid. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2020 For similar thermoregulatory reasons, the reverse is also commonly true—in hotter climates warm-blooded animals’ appendages become larger, relative to their body size. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 Biologically speaking it’s caused by a narrowing of the thermoregulatory zone. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Glamour, 19 Oct. 2020 Clients don the spa’s special sweats, climb into a fancy, hospital-like bed, and get wrapped like a burrito in several blankets tricked out with far-infrared-light technology, meant to kick-start the body’s thermoregulatory response. John Januzzi, The Cut, 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thermoregulatory

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermoregulatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermoregulatory. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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thermoregulatory

adjective
ther·​mo·​reg·​u·​la·​to·​ry | \ -ˈreg-yə-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce thermoregulatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermoregulatory

: tending to maintain a body at a particular temperature whatever its environmental temperature thermoregulatory adjustments

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