The ontogeny of salt appetite aroused by depletion in the rat

Micah L. Leshem, Ilit Yehuda

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The emergence of the rat's ability to respond behaviorally to a bodily sodium deficit was examined. Sucklings were depleted of bodily sodium by furosemide injections and their ability to replenish sodium by imbibing 3% NaCl solution was measured at different ages. The results suggest that the appetite for salt, as a response to sodium deficit, matures at weaning age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-163
Number of pages3
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1991


  • Lasix
  • Ontogeny
  • Rat pups
  • Salt appetite
  • Sodium depletion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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