Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun biology The generation of heat in an organism, especially by biochemical means

Etymologies

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thermo- + -genesis

Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

    You: On a Diet

  • 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.

    You: On a Diet

  • 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.

    You: On a Diet

  • 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.

    A New Way to Lose Weight?

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

    August 21, 2008

  • That's why I'm cuddly and warm.

    November 8, 2008

  • 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