Definition of stenothermal in English:


Line breaks: steno|ther¦mal
Pronunciation: /ˌstɛnə(ʊ)ˈθəːm(ə)l


  • (Of an organism) able to tolerate only a small range of temperature: most species that are restricted to a particular range of latitudes are described as stenothermal Often contrasted with eurythermal.
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    • However, the thermal range over which ABT was modified was typically wider for more eurythermal species than for stenothermal species (compare green and pinto abalones).
    • Aquaculture in Poland is based on breeding freshwater stenothermal or non-stenothermal fish in fish ponds located throughout the country.
    • There is also a group of distinctive foraminifera more or less confined to the zone of the Tethys and thought to be a stenothermal tropical group.


late 19th century: from Greek stenos 'narrow' + thermal.

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