water balance

noun

: the ratio between the water assimilated into the body and that lost from the body
also : the condition of the body when this ratio approximates equilibrium

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Diabetes insipidus is most commonly caused by the loss of anti-diuretic hormone and inability for the body to properly regulate sodium and water balance. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 Studies have shown that high ozone levels negatively impact plant growth, vitality, photosynthesis, water balance, the flowering process, and the abilities of plants to defend themselves. Jim Robbins, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 That is, as long as products are moisturizing enough to restore the fragile, but crucial skin barrier, which defends your body and its precious water balance. Maura Brannigan, Allure, 4 Aug. 2021 The drink is ideal for replenishing fluids and electrolytes (minerals that help to regulate muscle and nerve function and maintain water balance) lost during a workout. Serena Coady, Glamour, 23 June 2021 It is secreted by the posterior pituitary gland in response to nerve signals sent from specialized brain sensors which detect subtle changes in water balance. Tamara Hew-butler, CNN, 5 May 2021 The kidneys will make molecular adjustments to both underhydration and overhydration within 40 seconds in response to any upset in the water balance. Tamara Hew-butler, CNN, 5 May 2021 Cortisol has many important functions, including being a critical regulator of ion, salt, and water balance. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 Sep. 2020 More research is needed to see whether cloud seeding can change water balances over large areas. Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water balance was in 1888

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“Water balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20balance. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

water balance

noun
: the ratio between the water assimilated into the body and that lost from the body
also : the condition of the body when this ratio approximates unity
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