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blubber

(blŭb′ər)
n.
1. The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals, from which an oil is obtained.
2. Excessive body fat.
adj.
Swollen and protruding: blubber cheeks.

blub′ber·y adj.

blubber

the thick layer of fat deposited below the DERMIS which acts as a thermal insulation layer in some mammals, e.g. whales, seals.
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So while Inuit diets may not promote obesity for them, someone else may pack on pounds after munching on blubber.
Earlier this week, workers began cutting and peeling back layers of blubber from the whale's skeleton.
Since harvested whales typically have empty stomachs (Harwood and Smith, 2002), ecological tracers such as carbon and nitrogen stable isotope signatures from muscle and liver tissues and fatty acid signatures in blubber tissues will be used to establish trophic linkages and examine diet.
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This study did not show a significant correlation between CYPlA1 expression in skin cells and actual pollutant burden in blubber, as measured by analyzing eight sex-specific pooled samples for burdens of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, hexachlorobenzene, polychlorinated biphenyls, and the pesticide DDT, then comparing them with CYP1A1 immunohistochemistry scores estimated for the pooled samples.
They need to add extra layers of blubber to insulate themselves against the icy water temperatures.
The chief of WSDF continues:"The government of the Faroe Islands strongly suggests to consume whale meat and blubber only once or twice a month because of high contamination by mercury and PCB's.
As molecules emerge from the final column, I can determine their identities and how much of each was present in the original blubber.
The team in the village two hours from Tokyo pulled two Baird's beaked whales caught yesterday onto a landing station with pulleys and ropes, and chopped them into bricks of meat and blubber for sale.
Polar bears are at the top of the Arctic food chain: A single bear can devour 100 pounds of seal blubber at one meal.