Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Sweat

Perspiration. Clear liquid exuded from apocrine sweat glands and especially eccrine sweat glands or sudoriferous glands. Sweat contains water, sodium chloride, cholesterin, fats and fatty acids, and traces of albumin, urea, and other minor compounds. In addition to clearing the body of these components, eccrine sweat facilitates thermoregulation in some mammals, such as humans and horses.

See thermal sweat and nonthermal sweat.

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