Homoiothermal
Homoiothermal Ho*moi`o*ther"mal, Homoiothermic Ho*moi`o*therm"ic, a. [Gr. ? like + E. thermal.] (Physiol.) Maintaining a uniform body temperature, usually above the ambient temperature; h[ae]matothermal; homothermic; warm-blooded; -- applied to warm-bodied animals such as birds and mammals, because they maintain a nearly uniform temperature in spite of the great variations in the surrounding air; in distinct from the {cold-blooded} ({poikilothermal}) animals, whose body temperature follows the variations in temperature of the surrounding medium.

Syn: homeothermal, homeothermic, homothermal, homothermic, homoiothermic. [1913 Webster]


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  • homoiothermal — ho·moio·ther·mal …   English syllables

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