homoiothermalmedical dictionary

<physiology> Maintaining a uniform temperature; haematothermal; homothermic; applied to warm-bodied animals, 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.

Origin: Gr. Like + E. Thermal.

(01 Mar 1998)

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