1. the desired value in a closed-loop feedback system, as in regulation of temperature or pressure.
  2. the point at which a thermostat has been set, as for optimum efficiency.
  3. Physiology. an internal regulatory system for maintaining a relatively stable physiological condition in the face of changing external circumstances, as body temperature in a varying climate.Compare homeostasis.
  4. a hypothetical regulator in the body that maintains a relatively stable body weight.
  5. the weight range thus theoretically maintained.

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