Dictionary > Sensible perspiration

Sensible perspiration

Definition
noun
A form of perspiration in which the body is able to sense the watery fluid as moist on the skin
Supplement
Perspiration enables primates and humans a cooling mechanism to regulate body temperature. When the body releases sweat via the skin pores the body cools down as the water evaporates from the skin. External cues such as high ambient temperature and high humidity cause the body to secrete sweat. There are instances that the sweat is so profuse that the body is able to sense it as moisture on the skin. This is called sensible perspiration. This is to distinguish it from the other type of perspiration (i.e. insensible perspiration) in which the body is not able to sense it is perspiring. The latter escapes awareness because the fluid released is not enough to be detected as a moist on skin. It evaporates quickly. In contrast, sweat released from the body is sensed by the body as moist or water droplets on the skin surface. The amount is adequate enough not to evaporate quickly and therefore get noticed. Apart from the loss of water, there is also solute loss in sensible perspiration.1
Synonym(s):

  • sensible water loss

Compare:

See also:

Reference(s):

1 Kerry Brandis. Fluid Physiology: Sweat. https://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/FluidBook/fl2_1.php


You will also like...

Selective Breeding
Selective Breeding

Gregor Mendel's studies into Monohybrid and Dihybrid crossing and Charles Darwin's study of evolution and natural select..

temperature - abiotic factor
Abiotic and Biotic Factors

This tutorial deals with the abiotic factors of the freshwater environment that determine what sort of life would be sui..

IQ, Creativity and Learning
IQ, Creativity and Learning

Human intelligence provided the means to utilize abstract ideas and implement reasoning. This tutorial takes a further l..

Hominid
The Hominids

The hominid family diversified from the apes around 6 to 8 million years ago. Since then, the evolutionary path has prov..

green leaf - close up view
Leaves

Leaves are the major photosynthetic organ of a plant. Apart from that, they are also crucial to water movement. In this ..

Psychiatry and mental disorders
Psychiatry & Mental Disorders

Different mental disorders are described here. Read this tutorial to get an overview of schizophrenia, affective mood di..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics