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

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 The need to collect physiological parameters, such as human vitals outside a clinical setting, collection frequency and ambulatory status, all play a role in determining the optimum technologies to use. Jiang Li, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Here, Hudson more directly confronts the academic literature on visionary experiences, including the straightforwardly physiological explanations offered by some scholars. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2021 The work is an interdisciplinary investigation into how structural inequality has a negative physiological impact on our health. Leah Dolan, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 The second is physiological surveillance, which seeks to detect chemical markers of incipient cancers in blood. Siddhartha Mukherjee, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 But insulin does serve a uniquely urgent physiological purpose that makes the godzillions of tiny cracks in the U.S. healthcare system more obvious than any other drug possibly could. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 29 Nov. 2021 One 2007 study, for instance, found that sniffing androstadienone, a compound found in male sweat, aroused heterosexual women on both the mental and physiological level. Sadie Dingfelder, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2021 One of Professor Garfinkel’s research areas is interoception: the sensing of physiological signals originating inside the body, such as hunger, pain and heart rate. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 12 Nov. 2021 One 2007 study, for instance, found that sniffing androstadienone, a compound found in male sweat, aroused heterosexual women on both the mental and physiological level. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of physiological

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Physiological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physiological. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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

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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