physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-zē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio) \
variants: or physiologic \ ˌfi-​zē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce physiological (audio) \

Definition of physiological

1 : of or relating to physiology
2 : characteristic of or appropriate to an organism's healthy or normal functioning the sodium level was physiological
3 : differing in, involving, or affecting physiological factors a physiological strain of bacteria

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Other Words from physiological

physiologically \ ˌfi-​zē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce physiological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of physiological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When our bodies step out into the cold, two major physiological responses keep us warm. New York Times, "When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Here’s How to Stay Warm," 21 Dec. 2020 Like in the Twins Study, the researchers recorded a suite of physiological changes and attempted to identify the mechanisms, such as specific proteins or genes, that caused them. Shi En Kim, Science, "To study aging, scientists are looking to outer space," 2 Dec. 2020 Holinger isn’t content with the idea that psychological and physiological processes might be understood in parallel with each other. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Grieve," 3 Nov. 2020 Mounting evidence shows that media and technology use predict deleterious psychological and physiological outcomes, especially among young people. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "American Life Has Gotten More Comfortable, But Less Happy," 22 Oct. 2020 Strangely enough, this can trigger similar physiological effects that occur when your body is starved of oxygen, known as hypoxia. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "It Sure Looks Like Humans Have Found a Way to Reverse Aging," 19 Nov. 2020 No physiological habit is established, and the mother of several children may be the father of several more. Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, "The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”," 20 Nov. 2020 Lawrence Livermore scientist Alan Kaplan explores the intricate landscape of the human brain in terms of data flow, discussing processes and applications of electro-physiological data. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: For Steve Poltz, positivity is the only option," 19 Nov. 2020 What better pitch than a deluge of mercurial new talent eager to examine our current condition from myriad musical, visual, environmental, sensual, geographical, personal, physiological, ecological, philosophical, cultural and historical angles. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Review: At L.A. and Long Beach operas, the pandemic gives young talent a spotlight," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of physiological

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Dec 2020

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“Physiological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physiological. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-zē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio) \
variants: or physiologic \ -​ˈlä-​jik \

Kids Definition of physiological

: of or relating to the processes and activities that keep living things alive a physiological change

physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌfiz-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio) \
variants: or physiologic \ -​ik How to pronounce physiological (audio) \

Medical Definition of physiological

1 : of or relating to physiology
2 : characteristic of or appropriate to an organism's healthy or normal functioning
3 : differing in, involving, or affecting physiological factors a physiological strain of bacteria

Other Words from physiological

physiologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce physiological (audio) \ adverb

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