Pronunciation: poy'ki-lo-ther'mic, -mal, -mus
- Varying in temperature according to the temperature of the surrounding medium; denoting the so-called cold-blooded animals, such as the reptiles and amphibians, and the plants.
- Capable of existence and growth in media of varying temperatures.
- Causing a disruption of normal hypothalamic thermoregulatory function, as seen with drugs such as phenothiazines.
Synonym(s): cold-blooded, hematocryal
[poikilo- + G. therme, heat]
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