thermogenesis, thermogeny

the production of heat, especially in an animal body by physiological processes. — thermogenic, thermogenous, adj.
See also: Heat
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To prove even more enticing, the dead horse lily, like the corpse flower, can produce heat in a process called "thermogeny." ( The heat is just as important as the smell to the plant's disguise 6 rotting carcasses also emit heat, thanks to the seething mass of microbes eating away at the dead flesh.