Definition of poikilotherm in English:

poikilotherm

Line breaks: poi|kilo|therm
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔɪkɪlə(ʊ)ˌθəːm
 
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noun

Zoology
  • An organism that cannot regulate its body temperature except by behavioural means such as basking or burrowing. Often contrasted with homeotherm.
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    • The 10-fold seasonal differences in FMR were reasonable for an ectothermic poikilotherm.
    • In addition to sequence length, differences between homeotherms and poikilotherms (hagfish, gray mullet, zebrafish, toad, and snake) occur at positions 373 and 400, respectively.
    • Winters may be shorter but they will still be very cold, while concomitant changes in insulating snow cover will have other effects on these poikilotherms.

Derivatives

poikilothermal

Pronunciation: /-ˈθəːm(ə)l/
adjective
More example sentences
  • However, some poikilothermal animals do not have a high concentration of SM and HSM in their lens.

poikilothermic

Pronunciation: /-ˈθəːmɪk/
adjective
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  • Little is known about the physiological time of poikilothermic animals and we know nothing about the physiological time of modular organisms.
  • In poikilothermic animals temperature can be a major variable.
  • As evidenced by the articles in this volume, a recent increase in interest in the mating systems of poikilothermic vertebrates has focused primarily on fishes, a few amphibians, and squamate reptiles.

poikilothermy

noun
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  • This mode of thermoregulation, that can neither be classified as homeothermy (constant temperature as in birds or mammals) or poikilothermy (as in fish, amphibians and most reptiles), has been called gigantothermy.

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