Anatomy & Physiology Integumentary #4

Question

The integumentary system controls body temperature. Which medical term is used to describe this process?

Answers

  1. Pyrexia
    • Rationale:

      Pyrexia is a medical term that means elevated temperature or fever. It is not the term that is used to describe the regulation or control of body temperature.

  2. Hypothermia
    • Rationale:

      Hypothermia is a medical term that means subnormal body temperature. It is not the term that is used to describe the regulation or control of body temperature.

  3. Hyperpyrexia
    • Rationale:

      Hyperpyrexia is a medical term that means the body’s temperature is greater than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not the term that is used to describe the regulation or control of body temperature.

  4. Thermoregulation
    • Rationale:

      Thermoregulation is defined as the process that allows the body to maintain its core internal temperature. All thermoregulation mechanisms are designed to return the body to homeostasis.

Overview

Medical terminology is language used by healthcare providers to describe the human body. Thermoregulation is the medical term that is used to describe the regulation of body’s temperature.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Mastering medical terminology is essential for communication with other members of the healthcare team. The skin plays a huge role in thermoregulation. Its thickness and its components (e.g., sweat glands) maintain the body’s temperature with little variation when it is exposed to environmental temperature variations (e.g., heat and cold).

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