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 (hō′mē-ə-thûrm′) also ho·moi·o·therm (hō-moi′ə-)
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.
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(Zoology) zoology an animal or organism that keeps its body at an almost constant temperature
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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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Being a homeotherm humans are capable of maintaining a constant temperature of the body, which may be different from surrounding temperature.
The word homeotherm is used to describe the opposite of poikilotherm.
Sapronotic agents thus carry on two diverse ways of life: saprophytic (in an abiotic substrate at ambient temperature) and parasitic (pathogenic, at the temperature of a homeotherm vertebrate host).
Low rates of hydrogen peroxide production by isolated heart mitochondria associate with long maximum lifespan in vertebrate homeotherms. Aging Cell 2007; 6: 607-18.
In homeotherms, fever is a complex physiologic reaction to maintain homeostasis and is also important defense mechanism against infection and inflammation.
Broiler chickens are homeotherms and their body system may allow certain variations in temperature range without considerable disturbance within their system (St-Pierre et al.
These animals, as homeotherms, demand to maintain a state of body thermal homeokinesis within a specific range of ambient temperatures; the thermo-neutral zone (Robertshaw,
In contrast to the ectotherms, warm-blooded endotherms (also known as homeotherms) have distinctly higher levels of specific metabolism and hence higher values of [[PHI].sub.m].
As homeotherms and habitat-sensitive animals, mammals are one of the best proxies to detect these climatic changes in the continental record (Vrba, 1992; Barnosky, 2001).
Mammals are known to be homeotherms for their ability to maintain a high and constant body temperature through homeostasis, so that they were traditionally called also warm-blooded vertebrates.