An abnormal and persistent fear of heat, including hot weather and hot objects. Sufferers from thermophobia experience anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. To avoid heat, they may live in a cold climate, wear light clothing, stay indoors on warm days, and avoid hot water and hot foods.
“Thermophobia” is derived from the Greek “therme” (heat) and “phobos” (fear). This same Greek word has given us many English words, such as “thermometer” (a device for measuring temperature) and “thermostat” (a device for regulating temperature).
The opposite of thermophobia is cryophobia, fear of the cold.
A device that monitors temperature and automatically maintains it at certain levels. In a human, a tiny part of the brain called the hypothalamus, located behind the eyes, serves as the thermostat. It can warm the body by causing it to shiver and cool the body by causing it to perspire. The hypothalamus also regulates […]
Tetrahydrogestrinone. A “designer steroid.” THG first surfaced in October 2003 with reports of its illicit use by athletes. A very potent androgenic steroid, with side effects such as hirsutism, acne and infertility. Considered a controlled substance in the United States. (CIII)
Vitamin B1. Thiamine (vitamin B1) acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of the body. It is found in pork, organ meats, legumes, nuts, and whole grain or enriched breads and cereals. Deficiency of thiamine leads to beriberi, a syndrome characterized by inflammation of multiple nerves (polyneuritis), heart disease (cardiopathy), and edema (swelling).
(Pronounced THIGH-ah-ZO-li-deen-DYE-own.) A class of drugs for type 2 diabetes that lower the blood sugar by increasing the sensitivity of cells to insulin. Insulin can then move glucose from the blood into cells for energy. These drugs also increase the HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The thigh has only one bone, the femur, which is the largest bone in the human body.