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Vital sign temperature



Heat Production and Loss


The body strives to maintain a balance between heat production and loss. Heat is produced by muscular activity and cell metabolism. It is lost by radiation, evaporation, conduction and convection. Radiation, the loss of heat in the form of infrared waves, accounts for 60% of body heat loss.

Sweating and evaporation account for 25% of body heat loss. Conduction, the transfer of heat from one object to another of lower temperature, and convection, the removal of heat by air currents, are not significant sources of heat loss.


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