chro·​no·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkrä-nō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) , ˌkrō- \

Definition of chronobiology

: the study of biological rhythms

Other Words from chronobiology

chronobiologic \ ˌkrä-​nō-​bī-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ or chronobiological \ ˌkrä-​nō-​bī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
chronobiologist \ ˌkrä-​nō-​bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ noun

Examples of chronobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, the field of chronobiology received the ultimate scientific recognition: a Nobel Prize, for the researchers who identified the period gene. Jo Marchant, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 Understanding the science of chronobiology may help us live healthier lives. Brian Resnick, Vox, 27 Apr. 2018 There’s an entire field of research (chronobiology) that shows light is what triggers the body to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that tells the body to sleep, and be more alert. NBC News, 17 June 2017 Till Roenneberg, a professor of chronobiology at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, studies the biological roots of sleep. Bruce Feiler, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of chronobiology

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronobiology

chrono- + biology

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“Chronobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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chro·​no·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkrän-ə-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌkrō-nə- How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) \
plural chronobiologies

Medical Definition of chronobiology

: the study of biological rhythms

Other Words from chronobiology

chronobiologic \ -​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) \ or chronobiological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce chronobiology (audio) \ adjective


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