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1. A control system using negative feedback to operate another system.
2. A process that behaves as a self-regulatory device; for example, the reaction of the pupil to light.
[L. servus, servant, + G. mēchanē, contrivance]
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In biology and physiology, a self-regulatory control mechanism that operates by negative feedback. For example, when the blood glucose level rises in the normal person, the pancreas responds by releasing insulin, which enables cells to take in and metabolize glucose. The level of other hormones is also regulated by this mechanism.
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servomechanisma control system that uses negative feedback (see FEEDBACK MECHANISM to maintain a level of output or performance.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005