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- The production and evaporation of a watery fluid called sweat that is excreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals.
- 1797, Colin Macfarquhar & George Gleig, Encyclopædia Britannica:
- In its favour may be urged, I. That in healthy persons, in every case of increased action of the heart and arteries, a sweating takes place, and is, seemingly, the means of preventing the bad effects of such increased action.
- 1870, Timothy Holmes, A System of Surgery: Theoretical and Practical (volume 1, page 288)
- In this early stage there is generally a tendency to constipation of the bowels, and in the intervals between the sweatings the urine remains clear, though not abundant. In the second degree, the emaciation is more noticeable.
- 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings:
- Her jet-black hair would be heavily braided, and her face chalky-white from its coating of powder (she suffered from constant sweatings and seborrhoea).
- (botany) Mucilage, especially of cocoa.
- (cooking) The gentle heating of vegetables in oil or butter.
- Giving off sweat.