biological clock

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of biological clock

: an inherent timing mechanism in a living system that is inferred to exist in order to explain the timing or periodicity of various behaviors and physiological states and processes

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First Known Use of biological clock

1941


BIOLOGICAL CLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

biological clock

noun

Definition of biological clock for English Language Learners

  • : a system in the body that controls the occurrence of natural processes (such as waking, sleeping, and aging)


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biological clock

noun

medical Definition of biological clock

: an inherent timing mechanism in a living system (as a cell) that is inferred to exist in order to explain various cyclical behaviors and physiological processes

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