Acclimatization refers to the body's gradual adaptive physiological responses to a changed environment, such as higher altitudes, or higher or lower temperatures. This biological response to repeated stimuli occurs without genetic change.

There are generally three classifications of acclimatization, simple, irreversible, and developmental:

Simple, Reversible Acclimatization

Simple is a physiological response to a stressful environment that gradually disappears when the stressor is removed.

Irreversible acclimatization

Irreversible acclimatization occurs because of climatic stressors but remains after the stress is removed.

Developmental Acclimatization

Developmental acclimatization is much like irreversible acclimatization except that the stimuli must occur at a certain time in the organism's growth cycle.

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