Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 March 2019

adipostat 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine
Author(s):

Michael Kent

A mechanism that works like a thermostat, keeping an individual's amount of body fat within a narrow range despite considerable variations in diet and activity. The adipostat is thought to consist of a complicated network of brain cells, hormones, and organs that regulate body weight. Researchers at the Oregon Health Science University have identified two neuronal pathways in the hypothalamus that might be the neuronal basis. One pathway, called the NPY/GRP, stimulates feeding; the other pathway, called the MSH, inhibits feeding and is involved in the maintenance of metabolic rates. ... ...

Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.