Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
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Determining Specific Gravity, Specific Heat, and Surface Area of Rabbits for a Possible Thermodynamic Approach to Body Temperature Change
Seizaburo KANOHTakehiro NAKAJIMA
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1998 Volume 21 Issue 6 Pages 565-568


In order to investigate the mechanisms of body temperature change from a thermodynamic aspect, we investigated the specific gravity, specific heat and surface area of rabbit in situ. We obtained the following results.1. The specific gravity of normal, shorn and ecdysed rabbits is 0.94, 0.95 and 0.97, respectively. 2. The specific heat of normal, shorn and ecdysed rabbits is 0.95, 0.89 and 0.69, respectively. 3. The surface area of the rabbit was also measured by using the weight of aluminum foil which covered the surface.

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