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Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788

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A clear watery fluid secreted by the sweat glands. Sweat contains salts (mainly sodium chloride and urea), but it is less concentrated than blood plasma. Sweat plays a minor role in nitrogenous excretion. Its main function is to provide a cooling effect when it evaporates from the skin surface. Urocanic acid in sweat may protect the skin against ultraviolet radiation....

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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