profuse sweat


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profuse sweat

[prəfyo̅o̅s′]
Etymology: L, profundere, to pour out; AS, swaetan
excessive perspiration. Also called diaphoresis.

sweat

(swet) [AS. sweatan]
1. Perspiration.
2. The condition of perspiring or of being made to perspire freely, as to order a sweat for a patient.
3. To emit moisture through the skin's pores. Synonym: perspire

It is a colorless, slightly turbid, salty, aqueous fluid, although that from the sweat glands in the axillae, around the anus, and of the ceruminous glands has an oily consistency. It contains urea, fatty substances, and sodium chloride. This salty, watery fluid is difficult to collect without contamination with sebum. Perspiration is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system through true secretory fibers supplying sweat glands.

Function

Sweat cools the body by evaporation and rids it of what waste may be expressed through the pores of the skin. The daily amount is about a liter; this figure is subject to extreme variation according to physical activity and atmospheric conditions, and in hot conditions may be as much as 10 to 15 L in 24 hr.

bloody sweat

Hemathidrosis.

colliquative sweat

Profuse, clammy sweat.

colored sweat

Chromidrosis.

fetid sweat

Bromidrosis.

night sweat

See: night sweat

profuse sweat

Hyperhidrosis.

scanty sweat

Anhidrosis.
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A moment later you break out into a profuse sweat, your hands tremble and your heart races.
By placing the small, 1/8-inch clamps on the nerve trunks, we can stop the brain from sending signals to produce profuse sweat from the hands and underarms," says Dr.
A 66-year-old thin woman presented with complaints of worsening dyspnea on exertion, chest discomfort, profuse sweats, malaise, and a nonproductive cough over 2 months.