Sweating

Definition

noun

(1) Perspiration; the act or process of releasing sweat from the body

(2) The watery, salty fluid excreted by the body through perspiration in order to regulate body temperature, as well as to eliminate toxins


Supplement

Sweating is a way of our body to regulate body temperature. It is commonly used as a synonym for perspiration but in stricter sense perspiration pertains to the water loss as a cooling mechanism of the body and therefore It includes both the release of watery, salty fluid through the pores of the skin from the sweat glands and the evaporation of water from the skin (trans-epithelial) and respiratory tract. Thus, there exist two forms of perspiration, the sensible and the insensible water loss. In sweating, the process always entails the loss of both water and solutes.1 The salty fluid is secreted as droplets or moist on the skin and is called as sweat. Environmental cues that could stimulate the body to produce sweat are high temperature and humidity of the surroundings.


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1Kerry Brandis. Fluid Physiology: Sweat. Link


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