thermoregulatory center


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thermoregulatory center

[-reg′yələtôr′ē]
Etymology: Gk, thermē, heat; L, regula, rule; Gk, kentron, center
center located in the hypothalamus concerned mainly with the regulation of heat production, heat inhibition, and heat conservation to maintain a normal body temperature. Kinds of thermoregulatory centers include thermogenic center, thermoinhibitory center, and thermotaxic center.

thermoregulatory center

A center in the hypothalamus that regulates heat production and heat loss, esp. the latter, so that a normal body temperature is maintained. It is influenced by nerve impulses from cutaneous receptors and by the temperature of the blood flowing through it. Synonym: temperature center
See also: center