- The definition of endothermic is a chemical reaction that is accompanied by the absorption of heat, or an organism that generates heat to maintain its temperature.
- A chemical reaction that works only if heat is absorbed is an example of a reaction that would be described as endothermic.
- A warm-blodded animal would be an example of an endothermic animal.
Warm-blooded animals, like this rabbit, are endothermic animals.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: endo- plush thermic
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- Chemistry Characterized by or causing the absorption of heat; endoergic.
- Biology Of or relating to an organism that generates heat to maintain its body temperature, typically above the temperature of its surroundings; warm-blooded.
- enˈdo·therˌmy noun
endothermic - Medical Definition
- Of or relating to a chemical reaction during which there is absorption of heat.
- Of or relating to an endotherm; warm-blooded.
- endothermy noun
endothermic - Science Definition
- Relating to a chemical reaction that absorbs heat. Compare exothermic.
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