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An organism, such as a fish or reptile, having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of its surroundings.

[Greek poikilos, spotted, various; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -therm.]

poi′ki·lo·ther′mi·a (-thûr′mē-ə), poi′ki·lo·ther′my (-thûr′mē) n.
poi′ki·lo·ther′mic (-mĭk) adj.


(Animals) an organism with poikilothermic qualities
(Zoology) a variant form of poikilothermic
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Noun1.poikilotherm - an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
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Compartment syndrome is a clinical diagnosis according to the clinical syndromes, such as pain, paresthesia, pallor, paralysis, pulselessness, and poikilothermia. Of our surgical patients, none had definite compartment pressure detected before surgery by any objective measurement of pressure.[8],[9] Among the patients bitten by P.
Presence of open arterial bleeding, presence of an increased intended or pulsated haematoma, presence of six 'P' signs (Pulselessness, Poikilothermia, Pallor, Pain, Paraesthesia, Paralysis) of the related extremities formed the basis of diagnosis with Computed Tomographic angiography done only in 9 cases (9.1%) with multiple fracture sites.
Poikilothermia (the irreversible decrease of temperature at 35-30 Celsius degree);