thermo-, therm-, thermi-, -thermia, -therm, -thermal, -thermic, -thermias, -thermies, -thermous, -thermy

(Greek: heat, heating, heater, hot, warm)

The term heat is employed in ordinary language in different senses. Some scientists distinguish four principal applications of the term:

  1. Sensation of heat.
  2. Temperature, or degree of hotness.
  3. Quantity of thermal energy.
  4. Radiant heat, or energy of radiation.

mesotherm
1. A type of plant that does not tolerate extreme temperatures and which flourishes in an environment with a moderate climate.
2. A plant favoring intermediate temperature conditions, with a minimum of twenty-two degrees Celcius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the warmest month and a range of six (42.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to eighteen degrees Celcius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the coldest month.
mesothermal climate
A temperate climate with moderate temperatures.
mesothermal, mesothermic,
1. Of or having to do with a moderate or intermediate temperature range; such as, of a climate, habitat, geological process, etc.
2. Relating to a hydrothermal mineral deposit formed at considerable depth (intermediate pressure) and in the intermediate temperature range of 200-300°C.
3. Living or thriving in a temperate climate; mesothermophytic.
mesothermophilous
A reference to organisms that favor or prefer to live in temperate zones.
mesothermophytic
A reference to plants that live or thrive in a temperate or moderate climate; neither to hot nor too cold.
mesothermy
1. A reference to organisms that live in temperate zones.
2. A plant that lives in intermediate temperature conditions, with a minimum of 22°C in the warmest month and a range of 6-18°C in the coldest month.
microtherm, microthermy
1. A plant requiring relatively cold habitats with a minimum temperature of 6°C in the coldest months and a range of 10-22°C in the warmest months.
2. A plant that is native to an arctic or alpine region.
microthermic
Living or thriving in a cold climate.
microthermics
A reference to organisms requiring a minimum of heat.
microthermophilous
In biology, thriving in boreal regions or in cool or cold temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.
monothermal, monothermic
Descriptive terms for the evenness of body temperature throughout the day.
monothermia
1. Evenness of bodily temperature.
2. Absence of an evening rise in body temperature.
myothermic
Relating to the increased temperature in muscular tissue resulting from its contraction.
normothermia (s) (noun), normothermias (pl)
An acceptable, typically healthy body temperature: Dr. Pastor advised Mr. Atwood that his daughter should remain in bed until she had three consecutive days of normothermia.
normothermic (adjective), more normothermic, most normothermic
A reference to a condition of regular body temperature: A general guideline to good health is that the more normothermic a person's body temperature is, the healthier he or she is.

Quiz You can find self-scoring quizzes over many of the words in this subject area by going to this Thermo- Vocabulary Quizzes page.

Related "heat, hot" word units: ferv-; pyreto-.

Related "bubble" word unit: ebulli-.