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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.






(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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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,
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).
Further, we expected the impact of radiant heat would be consistent for these endothermic homeotherms across the range of temperatures experienced by the animal in any one season.
In the animal kingdom the other homeotherms are mammals such as goats and cows and so forth, as well as birds.
In contrast to homeotherms, whose rate of development is conveniently expressed as a function of Julian or calendar time ([day.