basal metabolic rate

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basal metabolic rate

[′bā·səl med·ə′bäl·ik ′rāt]
(physiology)
The amount of energy utilized per unit time under conditions of basal metabolism; expressed as calories per square meter of body surface or per kilogram of body weight per hour. Abbreviated BMR.
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Ecophysiologists use basal metabolic rate (BMR) for comparisons of energetics among species, or across seasons, measured as ml [O.
This supports studies done over the years that have continued to show that Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is important in estimation of energy requirements and early detection of energy deficit that subsequently manifests as weight loss [1].
By comparing tropical and temperate birds' basal metabolic rate (BMR)--the amount of energy spent to breathe and live while at rest--scientists discovered that the tropical birds use less energy to maintain normal bodily functions than their temperate cousins.
Research performed on smokers at rest indicates that nicotine itself can increase basal metabolic rates, meaning smokers burn more calories than nonsmokers during periods of inactivity.