heat

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(hēt )


1. The condition or sensation of being hot; opposite of cold.
2. Higher than normal body temperature; generalized fever or localized warmth caused by an infection. Calor (fever), dolor (pain), rubor (redness), and tumor (swelling) are the four classic signs of inflammation.
SEE: febrile convulsion; SEE: fever
3. Estrus.
4. Energy that increases the temperature of surrounding tissues or objects by conduction, convection, or radiation. SEE TABLE: Elimination of Body Heat
Elimination of Body Heat

Mode of EliminationPercentage of Heat Lost
Radiation55%*
Convection and conduction15%*
Evaporation through skin25%*
Warming inspired air 3%*
Warming ingested food and water, and loss through feces and urine 2%*

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