Homeotherm

A homeotherm is a warm-blooded animal (such as homo sapiens). Another term for us warm-blooded creatures is endotherm. Those of us who are homeotherms or endotherms are as opposed to a poikilotherm (an organism such as a frog that is cold-blooded) and a stenotherm (a creature that can only survive only within a very narrow temperature range). Homeotherm is all Greek. The "homeo-" comes from the Greek "homo" meaning "the same" + "-therm" comes from the Greek "therme" meaning "heat" = the same heat.
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Any of the animals, including mammals and birds, that tend to maintain a constant body temperature. SYN: hematherm, warm-blooded animal. [homeo- + G. thermos, warm]

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ho·meo·therm 'hō-mē-ə-.thərm or ho·moio·therm hō-'mȯi-ə- n a warm-blooded animal called also homotherm

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ho·meo·therm (hoґme-o-thurm″) [homeo- + Gr. thermē heat] an animal that exhibits homeothermy; a so-called warm-blooded animal, as opposed to a poikilotherm.

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  • homeotherm — n. (Biol.) A homoiothermal animal. Syn: homoiotherm. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homeotherm — noun see homeothermic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • homeotherm — homoiotherm …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • homeotherm — /hoh mee euh therrm /, n. homoiotherm. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • homeotherm — noun A creature that maintains a stable internal body temperature regardless of external influence. Ant: poikilotherm …   Wiktionary

  • homeotherm — [ hɒmɪə(ʊ)ˌθə:m] (also homoiotherm) noun Zoology an organism that maintains its body temperature at a constant level by its metabolic activity. Often contrasted with poikilotherm. Derivatives homeothermal adjective homeothermic adjective… …   English new terms dictionary

  • homeotherm — noun an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature • Syn: ↑homoiotherm, ↑homotherm • Derivationally related forms: ↑homothermic (for: ↑homotherm), ↑homoiothermic ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • homoeothermal — homeothermˈal, homoeothermˈal, homeothermˈic, homoeothermˈic, homeothermˈous or homoeothermˈous, also homoiˈotherˈmal, etc adjective Homothermal (see under ↑homo ) • • • Main Entry: ↑homeo …   Useful english dictionary

  • homoeothermic — homeothermˈal, homoeothermˈal, homeothermˈic, homoeothermˈic, homeothermˈous or homoeothermˈous, also homoiˈotherˈmal, etc adjective Homothermal (see under ↑homo ) • • • Main Entry: ↑homeo …   Useful english dictionary

  • homeothermous — homeothermˈal, homoeothermˈal, homeothermˈic, homoeothermˈic, homeothermˈous or homoeothermˈous, also homoiˈotherˈmal, etc adjective Homothermal (see under ↑homo ) • • • Main Entry: ↑homeo …   Useful english dictionary

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