Basic Biology


How does the term “negative feedback” apply to homeostasis?

Negative feedback is a cellular process that works in a way that is similar to the manner in which an air conditioner operates: an air conditioner is set to a specific temperature, and the air conditioner shuts off when the surrounding air reaches the set temperature. Negative feedback is part of the homeostatic process through which cells conserve energy by synthesizing products only for their immediate needs.


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