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torpor

 [tor´por] (L.)
sluggishness.
torpor re´tinae sluggish response of the retina to the stimulus of light.

tor·por

(tōr'pŏr, pōr),
1. Inactivity, sluggishness.
2. Dormancy, as in hibernation.
Synonym(s): torpidity
[L. sluggishness, numbness]

torpor

(tôr′pər)
n.
1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
2. Lethargy; apathy.
3. The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal.

tor′po·rif′ic (-pə-rĭf′ĭk) adj.

tor·por

(tōr'pŏr)
Inactivity, sluggishness.
[L. sluggishness, numbness]

torpor

a state of inactivity into which some HOMOIOTHERMS enter in order to conserve energy. There is usually a reduction in both temperature and general body metabolism.
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When they fall into their big sleep, from November to April, bats are in torpor, a state where they dial down their physiology -- heart rate, respiration and the like -- for three weeks at a time.
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The serious North East problems of unemployment, poor services and social deprivation will be addressed effectively when this region throws off the torpor of decades and demands fair property taxation, levels of public investment comparable to Scotland's and the replacement of 12 ineffective local authorities with a regional government with real powers and a commitment to working in real partnership with entrepreneurs.
Nationalism is not the answer but it does offer an angry home for voters frustrated by the ability of conventional politics to find a way out of economic torpor and deal with the inequities created by modern, wealthy western society.
During hibernation, dormice enter into 'torpor' to save energy and water.
According to (http://news.discovery.com/space/nasa-eyes-crew-deep-sleep-option-for-mission-to-mars-141003.htm) Discovery News , torpor, a state of reduced physiological activity, could reduce the metabolic functions of the astronauts with the help of medical procedures.
Garden dormice were found to use a short sleep called torpor to save energy when there isn't much food around.
characterized by entry into torpor, which involves profound decrease in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature (a few degrees above the ambient temperature) (Geiser, 2004; Okamoto et al., 2006).
When a bat is confronted by a viral antigen, the proportional increase in metabolism for raising an immune response may be trivial compared with the very large increase in the metabolic costs of flight (the proportional increase for flight may even be greater, given the wider metabolic scope of many species of bats that undergo shallow daily torpor).
Hibernation is a physiological adaptation characterized by entry into torpor, which involves profound decrease in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature (a few degrees above the ambient temperature) (Geiser, 2004; Okamoto et al., 2006).
<![CDATA[ The traditional Israeli Religious Zionist mainstream must awaken from its torpor and make its voice heard above that of "enlightened moderates" who have monopolized media coverage.
In British Columbia, male pallid bats select warmer day roosts, minimizing bouts of deep torpor (Rambaldini and Brigham, 2008).