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

  • n. Generation or production of heat, especially by physiological processes.

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  • n. The generation of heat in an organism, especially by biochemical means

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The production of heat; specifically, the production of heat in the human body by physiological processes.


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thermo- + -genesis


  • When you eat spicy foods, it leads to a process called "thermogenesis" - in other words, heat generation.


  • Typically, fat that isn’t burned to produce body heat is stored on our hips, thighs, stomach, and so on the body-heat process is called thermogenesis.

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  • Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, a professor of human biology at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, estimates that boosting the body's heat-generating ability, a process known as thermogenesis, could help people burn as much as 5% to 10% additional calories.

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  • This phenomenon is called adaptive thermogenesis, which is defined as increase or decrease in energy expenditure in response to overfeeding or underfeeding or even temperature change.

    Metabolic efficiency | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • I suspect there is a lot of energy required there and it has to come from somewhere… who knows, there may be a connection between that and increased thermogenesis, that is worth tackling too.

    Protein Power verses Intermittent Fasting | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • By accelerating the breakdown of released fats, your body generates heat, also known as thermogenesis, which ultimately leads to increased calorie burning.

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  • Brown fat's role in heat generation, also known as thermogenesis, has been extensively studied by animal physiologists.

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  • Green Tea works my increasing your "thermogenesis" which is the heat production your body makes.

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  • This process is called dietary induced thermogenesis.

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  • The scientific term for fidgeting—nonexercise activity thermogenesis NEAT for short—was coined in a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, which concluded that someone who fidgets can burn up to 350 calories more a day than someone who is stationary.

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  • In the minutes before entering the water, Pugh recalls these emotions and is able to raise his core temperature, without doing any physical exercise, to 38.4°C. That's an extraordinary 1.4°C above his normal body temperature. Such "anticipatory thermogenesis" has been observed before, but not to such a high degree.

    New Scientist, 21 Feb. 2009

    March 22, 2009

  • That's why I'm cuddly and warm.

    November 8, 2008

  • Generation or production of heat, esp. in the animal body.

    August 21, 2008