perspiration

Perspiration is a polite name for "sweat." Perspiration is what makes you dread gym class and what keeps deodorant manufacturers in business.

Let's face it, sweat is kind of gross — it drips down your face and can even make your body smell badly. But, it doesn't sound so bad if you refer to it as perspiration, does it? Still, perspiration means that salty fluid secreted by your sweat glands, when your body is hot. Perspiration can also be used to mean the process of sweating.

Definitions of perspiration
1

n salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

Synonyms:
sudor, sweat
Type of:
secretion
a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell

n the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid

perspiration is a homeostatic process”
Synonyms:
diaphoresis, hidrosis, sudation, sweating
Types:
hyperhidrosis, hyperidrosis, polyhidrosis
excessive and profuse perspiration
Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.