brownish-yellow adipose tissue in the upper back, or interscapular, region of many mammals, most conspicuously in hibernating species and human newborns, composed of numerous innervated fat cells that can produce heat during cold stress; thermogenic tissue.
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How to use brown fat in a sentence
Scientists have now created human brown fat cells in the lab and tranferred it into mice.
In 2009, researchers showed adult humans also have brown fat that responds to cold temperatures.
We don’t know whether it’s safe for adults to have as much brown fat as babies, points out van Marken Lichtenbelt.
Low temperatures turn on those power factories in brown fat.
British Dictionary definitions for brown fat
tissue composed of a type of fat cell that dissipates as heat most of the energy released when food is oxidized; brown adipose tissue. It is present in hibernating animals and human babies and is thought to be important in adult weight control
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