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 physiologic (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 physiologically (audio) \ adverb

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Michelle Berlin, a physician and the director of Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Women’s Health, recalls being taught to base physiological assumptions on a male patient in the early 1980s. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 There’s the nutritional aspect of calories and fiber, but there’s also a physiological aspect of it. Michael Floreak, BostonGlobe.com, "A conversation with Jeremy Rock Smith, Kripalu’s executive chef and author of ‘The Kripalu Kitchen’," 24 June 2019 These are involved in a range of matters physiological, but one of the molecules the team is investigating, encoded by a gene called CLTCL1, is concerned with the regulation of blood-sugar levels. The Economist, "Modern humans may be evolving to deal with carbohydrate-rich diets," 7 June 2019 Such high pressures can also break down proteins, which are important for normal physiological processes. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "How the world’s deepest fish survives bone-crushing pressure," 15 Apr. 2019 This is a physiological disease is caused by a calcium imbalance in the fruit – not a pathogenic organism. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 Wild monkeys in the mountains of Morocco that have stronger friendship ties show a decreased physiological stress response to cold weather and aggression from other monkeys. William Von Hippel, Discover Magazine, "Why Natural Selection Means We'll Never Be Happy," 20 Feb. 2019 Many people struggle to have children because of non-physiological factors. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Case for Redefining Infertility," 18 June 2019 Money matters If physiological differences don’t account for the age gap, there is another sizable factor that may: the difference in pay. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Women soccer players are younger than men because they can’t afford longer careers," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of physiological

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 physiologic (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 physiologically (audio) \ adverb

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