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Transpiration vs. Sweating: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on December 20, 2023
Transpiration is the process of water movement through plants and its evaporation from aerial parts, while sweating is the secretion of fluids by sweat glands in animals and humans.

Key Differences

Transpiration occurs in plants, involving the evaporation of water from plant leaves. Sweating, on the other hand, is a process in animals and humans, where sweat glands release moisture to cool the body.
Sawaira Riaz
Dec 19, 2023
Transpiration helps in water and nutrient movement in plants and temperature regulation. Sweating primarily aids in thermoregulation and the excretion of salts in animals and humans.
Sawaira Riaz
Dec 19, 2023
Transpiration takes place mainly through the stomata on plant leaves. Sweating occurs through specialized sweat glands located in the skin of animals and humans.
Huma Saeed
Dec 19, 2023
The liquid in transpiration is almost entirely water. Sweat contains water along with salts and other organic compounds.
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Dec 19, 2023
Transpiration is not directly visible, but its effects can be seen in the plant’s health and growth. Sweating is visibly noticeable as moisture on the skin.
Janet White
Dec 19, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Biological Process

Evaporation of water from plants
Secretion of fluid by sweat glands in animals/humans
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Main Purpose

Water and nutrient transport, cooling
Body temperature regulation, excretion
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Occurrence Location

Stomata on leaves
Sweat glands in skin
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Composition of Fluid

Mostly water
Water, salts, organic compounds
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Visibility

Indirectly observed through plant health
Directly visible on skin
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Transpiration and Sweating Definitions

Transpiration

A part of the water cycle involving plants.
Transpiration helps maintain the ecosystem’s water balance.
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Dec 07, 2023

Sweating

To excrete perspiration through the pores.
He was sweating after the long run.
Harlon Moss
Dec 07, 2023

Transpiration

The release of water vapor from plant leaves.
Transpiration in plants increases on hot days.
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Dec 07, 2023

Sweating

The secretion of fluids by the body's sweat glands.
Sweating is more common during physical exercise.
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Dec 07, 2023

Transpiration

Movement of water through a plant to the atmosphere.
Transpiration is vital for a plant’s nutrient uptake.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 07, 2023

Sweating

A process of cooling the body.
Sweating helps regulate body temperature in hot weather.
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Dec 07, 2023

Transpiration

Evaporation of water from plant surfaces.
Scientists measure transpiration to understand plant health.
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Dec 07, 2023

Sweating

To release moisture on the skin’s surface.
She started sweating during the intense workout.
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Dec 07, 2023

Transpiration

The process where plants lose water to the air.
Gardeners must consider transpiration when watering plants.
Harlon Moss
Dec 07, 2023

Sweating

The excretion of salts and fluids from the skin.
Sweating can lead to dehydration if not replenished.
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Dec 07, 2023

Transpiration

The act or process of transpiring, especially through the stomata of plant tissue or the pores of the skin.
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Dec 06, 2023

Sweating

To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; perspire.
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Transpiration

(botany) The loss of water by evaporation in terrestrial plants, especially through the stomata; accompanied by a corresponding uptake from the roots.
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Dec 06, 2023

Sweating

To exude in droplets, as moisture from certain cheeses or sap from a tree.
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Dec 06, 2023

FAQs

Does transpiration occur at night?

It's reduced at night, as stomata often close in the dark.
Janet White
Dec 19, 2023

Can sweating occur all over the body?

Yes, especially where there are more sweat glands.
Harlon Moss
Dec 19, 2023

How does transpiration benefit plants?

It aids in nutrient transport and temperature regulation.
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Dec 19, 2023

Is transpiration visible?

Not directly, but its effects on plant health are observable.
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Can you sweat without exertion?

Yes, due to heat, emotions, or certain health conditions.
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Dec 19, 2023

Does transpiration use up a lot of water?

Yes, a large portion of absorbed water is lost via transpiration.
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Are transpiration and evaporation the same?

No, transpiration is specific to water movement through plants.
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Dec 19, 2023

Is it possible to sweat too much?

Yes, excessive sweating can occur in certain conditions.
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Dec 19, 2023

What triggers sweating in humans?

Heat, exercise, stress, or medical conditions can trigger sweating.
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Dec 19, 2023

What factors affect transpiration rates in plants?

Temperature, humidity, wind, and light intensity.
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Dec 19, 2023

What is excessive sweating called?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating.
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Dec 19, 2023

What role does transpiration play in the water cycle?

It's a key component, returning water vapor to the atmosphere.
Janet White
Dec 19, 2023

Are there diseases related to sweating?

Yes, like hyperhidrosis or anhidrosis (lack of sweating).
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Dec 19, 2023

Do all plants transpire?

Most plants do, but rates vary among species.
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Dec 19, 2023

Does transpiration differ in aquatic plants?

Yes, it's generally less as they have abundant water access.
Janet White
Dec 19, 2023

Is sweating solely for cooling?

Mainly, but it also helps excrete waste products.
Harlon Moss
Dec 19, 2023

Can dehydration affect sweating?

Yes, dehydration can reduce the ability to sweat effectively.
Janet White
Dec 19, 2023

Can sweat be odorless?

Yes, sweat itself is generally odorless; odor comes from bacteria.
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Dec 19, 2023

Does sweating detoxify the body?

It helps eliminate some toxins, but the liver and kidneys do most detoxification.
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Dec 19, 2023

Can transpiration be controlled in plants?

To some extent, through environmental conditions like humidity.
Harlon Moss
Dec 19, 2023
About Author
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