White adipose tissue

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Definition

noun

Type of adipose tissue found in mammals used to store energy and acts as thermal insulator that help maintain body temperature. Its cells have receptors for insulin, growth hormones, norepinephrine and glucocorticoids.


Supplement

In humans, the white adipose tissue is about 20% of the body weight in men and 25% of the body weight in women.


Abbreviation: WAT

Compare: brown adipose tissue