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physiology

noun phys·i·ol·o·gy \ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jē\

: 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
:  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
:  the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process
phys·i·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun
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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

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor
PHYSIOLOGIST Defined for Kids

physiology

noun phys·i·ol·o·gy \ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Definition of PHYSIOLOGY for Kids

1
:  a branch of biology that deals with the processes and activities that keep living things alive
2
:  the processes and activities by which a living thing or any part of it functions
Medical Dictionary

physiology

noun phys·i·ol·o·gy \ˌfiz-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē\
plural phys·i·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of PHYSIOLOGY

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
:  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
:  a treatise on physiology

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