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Pertaining to, or having the essential characteristic of, homeotherms. Compare: poikilothermic, heterothermic.




Zoology Maintaining a relatively constant and warm body temperature independent of environmental temperature; homeothermic.

warm′-blood′ed·ness, warm′blood′ed·ness n.


Etymology: AS, wearm + blod
having a relatively high and constant body temperature, such as the temperatures maintained by humans, other mammals, and birds, despite changes in environmental temperatures. Heat is produced in the warm-blooded human body by the catabolism of foods in proportion to the amount of work performed by the tissues in the body. Heat is lost from the body by evaporation, radiation, conduction, and convection. About 80% of the body heat that is dissipated in humans is lost through the skin. The rest is lost through the mucous membranes of the respiratory, the digestive, and the urinary systems. The average temperature of the healthy human is 98.6° F (37° C). Also called homoiothermal, homothermal. Compare cold-blooded.