poikilothermy

poi·ki·lo·ther·my 'pȯi-ki-lə-.thər-mē n, pl -mies POIKILOTHERMISM

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poi·ki·lo·ther·my (poi″kĭ-lo-thurґme) [poikilo- + Gr. thermē heat] 1. the exhibition of body temperature which varies with the environmental temperature. 2. the ability of organisms to adapt themselves to variations in the temperature of their environment. Cf. homeothermy. 3. ectothermy.

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  • Cold-blooded — is a loose layman s term often used to refer to animals that do not use their metabolism to maintain body temperature. It is typically associated with at least one of three different thermophysiological characteristics: ectothermy, controlling… …   Wikipedia

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