adjective see ectotherm

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  • ectothermic — ec·to·ther·mic (ĕk tə thûrʹmĭk) also ec·to·ther·mal (ĕk tə thûrʹməl) or ec·to·ther·mous ( məs) adj. Of or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; cold blooded. * * * …   Universalium

  • ectothermic — adjective of, or relating to an ectotherm; cold blooded …   Wiktionary

  • ectothermic — ec·to·therm·ic (ek″to thurґmik) 1. pertaining to or characterized by ectothermy. 2. poikilothermic …   Medical dictionary

  • ectothermic — ec·to·ther·mic …   English syllables

  • ectothermic — /ˌɛktoʊˈθɜmɪk/ (say .ektoh thermik) adjective having a variable body temperature dependent on the temperature of the surroundings, as fishes and reptiles (opposed to endothermic); poikilothermic; cold blooded. {ecto + thermic} –ectotherm… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ectothermic — adjective of animals except birds and mammals; having body temperature that varies with the environment • Syn: ↑poikilothermic, ↑poikilothermous, ↑heterothermic • Similar to: ↑cold blooded • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ectotherm — ectothermic, adj. /ek teuh therrm /, n. Zool. a cold blooded animal. [1940 45; ECTO + THERM] * * * Any so called cold blooded animal; that is, any animal whose regulation of body temperature depends on external sources, such as sunlight or a… …   Universalium

  • Life Sciences — ▪ 2009 Introduction Zoology       In 2008 several zoological studies provided new insights into how species life history traits (such as the timing of reproduction or the length of life of adult individuals) are derived in part as responses to… …   Universalium

  • Physiology of dinosaurs — Note: In this article dinosaur means non avian dinosaur, since most experts regard birds as an advanced group of dinosaurs. The physiology of dinosaurs has historically been a controversial subject, particularly thermoregulation. Recently, many… …   Wikipedia

  • Gigantothermy — The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, exhibits gigantothermy Gigantothermy (sometimes called ectothermic homeothermy) is a phenomenon with significance in biology and paleontology, whereby large, bulky ectothermic animals are more easily …   Wikipedia

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