Definition of Ectothermic

1. Adjective. Of animals except birds and mammals; having body temperature that varies with the environment.

Exact synonyms: Heterothermic, Poikilothermic, Poikilothermous
Similar to: Cold-blooded
Derivative terms: Poikilotherm, Poikilotherm



Definition of Ectothermic

1. Adjective. of, or relating to an ectotherm; cold-blooded ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ectothermic

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Ectothermic

1. Able to maintain a constant body temperature with an external heat source. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ectothermic

ectopy
ectoretina
ectorganism
ectorhinal
ectosarc
ectosarcs
ectoscopy
ectosteal
ectostoses
ectostosis
ectosymbiont
ectosymbionts
ectosymbiosis
ectosymbiotic
ectotherm
ectothermic (current term)
ectothermically
ectotherms
ectothermy
ectothrices
ectothrix
ectotoxin
ectotrophic
ectotrophoblastic cavity
ectotympanic
ectozoa
ectozoan
ectozoans
ectozoic
ectozoon

Literary usage of Ectothermic

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"There is substantial experimental evidence which indicates that ectothermic vertebrates can sense temperature (1). For instance, when tested in suitable ..."

2. A Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands by Barry Boyce (2004)
"Herman Melville, 1854 Being ectothermic (cold-blooded), the behavior cycle of the reptiles is governed by their body temperature, which they cannot control ..."

3. Information Resources for Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, and Cephalopods Used by D'Anna J. Berry (1994)
"... maintained internally), reptiles, amphibians, fish, and cephalopods are ectothermic with body temperature primarily regulated by ambient temperatures. ..."

4. Preparing for Climate Change: Proceedings, Second North American Conference (1993)
"... It has long been known that a variety of physiological and developmental processes of ectothermic organisms are strongly influenced by temperature. ..."

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