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kangaroo rat

TORPOR

DEFINITION: lowering body temperature (TB) below activity temperature.

CONCEPT: lowering TB decreases rate of body function (metabolism) due to Vant Hoffs Rule for every 10 degrees C drop in temperature, rates of biochemical reactions (metabolism) slow by half.

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