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Physiol Behav. 1992 Mar;51(3):613-37.

The circadian rhythm of body temperature.

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Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22901.


This paper reviews the literature on the circadian rhythm of body temperature (CRT). The review starts with a brief discussion of methodological procedures followed by the description of known patterns of oscillation in body temperature, including ultradian and infradian rhythms. Special sections are devoted to issues of species differences, development and aging, and the relationships between the CRT and the circadian rhythm of locomotor activity, between the CRT and the thermoregulatory system, and between the CRT and states of disease. A section on the nervous control of the CRT is followed by summary and conclusions.

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