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poikilothermic

[ poi-kuh-loh-thur-mik, poi-kil-uh- ]

adjective

, Zoology.


poikilothermic

/ ˌpɔɪkɪləʊˈθɜːməl; ˌpɔɪkɪləʊˈθɜːmɪk /

adjective

  1. (of all animals except birds and mammals) having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of the surroundings Compare homoiothermic


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpoikiloˈthermism, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poikilothermic1

1880–85; < Greek poikílo ( s ) various + thermic

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poikilothermic1

C19: from Greek poikilos various + thermal

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