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What regulates body temperature in humans?

Learn about what regulates body temperature in humans.

Different sections of the brain control various different aspects of the body's function. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Different sections of the brain control various different aspects of the body's function.

The hypothalamus gland regulates body temperature in humans. The gland responds to sensory impulses from temperature receptors in the skin and in the deep body regions.

The hypothalamus establishes a set point for the internal body temperature, then constantly compares this with its own actual temperature. If the two do not match, the hypothalamus activates either temperature-decreasing or temperature-increasing procedures to bring them into alignment.

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