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regulatorrégulateur (fr.); Regulator (ger.)

  • A person who or thing which regulates or controls. (OED 2011)
    [the skin seems] to act in some sort as the regulator of the whole animal system
    Wilson, A. (1780). Rational Advice to the Military when Exposed to the Inclemency of Hot Climates and Seasons: 22.
    the pulmonary apparatus, […] the principal regulator of animal heat
    Jefferson, T. (1787). Notes on the State of Virginia: 231.
    la machine animale est principalement governée par trois régulateurs principaux

    Seguin, A. & Lavoisier, A.L. de (1789). Premier mémoire sur la respiration des animaux (Œuvres de Lavoisier, vol. 2, Paris 1862, 688-703): 700; cf. id. (1790). Premier mémoire sur la transpiration des animaux (Œuvres de Lavoisier, vol. 2, Paris 1862, 704-714): 713; cf. Pauley, G. & Grüner, A. (1992). Regulation. Hist. Wb. Philos. 8, 490-495: 491.