Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The formation and excretion of sweat.
  • noun Sweat, especially in excessive or abnormal amounts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, perspiration, especially when profuse or artificially produced; a sweating condition, or the state of being in a sweat. Also idrosis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) Excretion of sweat; perspiration.
  • noun (Med.) Excessive perspiration; also, any skin disease characterized by abnormal perspiration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun physiology The formation and excretion of sweat; perspiration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek hidrōsis, sweating, from hidroun, to sweat, from hidrōs, sweat; see sweid- in Indo-European roots.]

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek stem of ἱδρώς (hidros, "sweat") + -sis

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