homeotherm

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ho·me·o·therm

 (hō′mē-ə-thûrm′) also ho·moi·o·therm (hō-moi′ə-)
n.
An organism, such as a mammal or bird, having a body temperature that is constant and largely independent of the temperature of its surroundings.

ho′me·o·ther′mi·a (-thûr′mē-ə), ho′me·o·ther′my (-thûr′mē) n.
ho′me·o·ther′mic (-mĭk) adj.

homeotherm

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homoeotherm

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homoiotherm

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(Zoology) zoology an animal or organism that keeps its body at an almost constant temperature
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homeotherm - an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
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It is not because they consider us their equals that they are supposed to look with abhorrence upon those who eat our flesh," replied Ja; "it is merely that we are warm-blooded animals.
Instead, they perch on tall grasses and bushes and wait for a passing warm-blooded animal to brush against them.
In the USA, The Animal Welfare Act defines an "animal" as "any live or dead dog, cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, or any other warm-blooded animal, which is being used, or is intended for use for research, teaching, testing, experimentation, or exhibition purposes, or as a pet.
Potentially, any warm-blooded animal can carry the disease and that includes dogs, cats and foxes.
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One simple rating structure for warm-blooded animal shipments makes it easy for customers to cost-effectively ship pets based on volume weight and destination.
The viral infection, which is often found in bats, foxes, raccoons, and skunks, can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal, including domestic dogs and cats, as well as humans.
Those guidelines restrict acceptance of any warm-blooded animal when temperatures are forecast to reach 85 degrees Fahrenheit at any point along the animal's journey.
First isolated 10 years ago from hamburger, CLA now appears "to be present in any warm-blooded animal," notes Pariza, one of CLA's discoverers.
Researchers have discovered for the first time a warm-blooded animal that can survive, without freezing, at a body temperature below the freezing point of water.
Also watch to see if your horse is shivering, a warm-blooded animal shivers to produce more body heat, if they are shivering, they are not warm enough.