Definition of "ectothermic" [ectothermic]

  • Of or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; cold-blooded. (adjective)

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Use "ectothermic" in a sentence
  • "Current revision as of 22: 52, 27 June 2009 is called ectothermic if it lacks an internal mechanism for regulating body heat."
  • "This invertebrate is ectothermic, meaning that they have body temperature that varies with the environment and they exhibit bilateral symmetry."
  • "Thus, it is easy to make a distinction between them in flight. ectothermic, meaning that they have body temperature that varies with the environment and they exhibit bilateral symmetry."