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physiology

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noun phys·i·ol·o·gy \ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of physiology

  • : a science that deals with the ways that living things function

  • : the ways that living things or any of their parts function

Full Definition of physiology

  1. 1 :  a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved — compare anatomy

  2. 2 :  the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process

phys·i·ol·o·gist play \-jist\ noun

Examples of physiology

  1. She took a course in anatomy and physiology.

  2. the physiology of diseased plants



Origin of physiology

Latin physiologia natural science, from Greek, from physi- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1615

Other Physiology Terms


PHYSIOLOGIST Defined for Kids

physiologist

noun phys·i·ol·o·gist \ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jəst\

Definition of physiologist

  1. :  a person specializing in physiology




Medical Dictionary

physiology

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noun phys·i·ol·o·gy \ˌfiz-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of physiology

plural phys·i·ol·o·gies

  1. 1:  a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved—compare anatomy 1, morphology 1

  2. 2:  the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process <the physiology of the thyroid gland>

  3. 3:  a treatise on physiology





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