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baroreceptor

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Science and Mathematics.

(ba-roh-ri-sep-ter)

a collection of sensory nerve endings specialized to monitor changes in blood pressure. The main receptors lie in the carotid sinuses and the aortic arch.

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control

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

The ability to determine the value of dependent variables. Complete controllability means that it is possible to move any state (of a system) to any other state during any finite interval...

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drinking

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

Taking in water by mouth to quench thirst. Many aquatic animals take water in through the mouth, but this may play no role in homeostasis. True drinking applies to terrestrial animals that...

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thirst mechanism

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

The complex interaction of a number of physiological processes triggered by water losses and leading to the conscious sensation of thirst. The thirst mechanism involves control centres in...

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water replacement

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Replacement of water losses incurred during exercise, or lost from the body through urination, etc. Rehydration is of particular importance to athletes performing repeated bouts of...

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welfare

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

A concept that has frequently taken the place of utility in political thought, with the idea that the aim of social betterment should be to maximize the welfare of the population. Problems...

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