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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Harris is a pioneer in developing programs to treat the physiological and neurodevelopmental effects of trauma and toxic stress in childhood, such as abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or losing a parent to divorce, prison or addiction. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros calls citizens to join Open Table, support programs to reverse effects of trauma and structural racism on public health," 7 June 2019 This health hazard happens when a person’s level of intoxication interferes with the basic physiological functions that keep them alive. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 Anxiety is physiological, influenced by a delicate balance of hormones and the tug of war between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. Caroline Foran, Glamour, "No, You Don’t Have to ‘Justify’ Your Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 According to Ayurveda, every individual is born with one predominant dosha due to their psychological and physiological characteristics, which are considered inextricably linked. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 These antioxidant-like compounds may help counteract chronic inflammation, a physiological state where your body's cells stay on high alert due to a lingering or past threat. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019 Most of these traits were physical or physiological, though some were psychological. Robert Plomin, WSJ, "Our Fortunetelling Genes," 15 Nov. 2018 That idea is amplified, loudly, by the findings of the second new study, which details the physiological effects of climbing to Everest Base Camp while seven months pregnant. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Vigorous exercise, even a trek up Everest, may be safe during pregnancy," 26 Oct. 2018 Something called the Överkalix study similarly examined the physiological effects of environment on inheritance as measured through historical records in northeastern Sweden. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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