Vet Terminology starting with W on – from Warm Blooded to Window of susceptibility


Having a relatively high body temperature that is regulated internally and is independent of the environmental temperature. Mammals and birds are warm-blooded.

Benign growth caused by a virus.

Loss of muscle mass due to decreased food intake or increased metabolic rate.

In dogs, the act of giving birth.

White blood cells
Cells in the blood whose major role is to defend the body against invading organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. There are different types of leukocytes: lymphocytes are part of the immune system; monocytes, eosinophils, and neutrophils eat or engulf organisms; basophils contain histamine and are involved in inflammatory reactions.

Window of susceptibility
A time period in the life of a young animal in which the maternal antibodies are too low to provide protection against a certain disease, but too high to allow a vaccine to work and produce immunity.