physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-zē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \
variants: or physiologic \ ˌfi-​zē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik \

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 \ adverb

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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 Stress doesn’t explain it either, since the perception of a protective genotype generated a physiological increase in hormones that control our eating. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Genetic information as self-fulfilling prophecy," 17 Dec. 2018 The youngest woman at the table continues to search for the precise term for this physiological interplay, and then finds it: Russian nesting dolls. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 The exercise probably has both physiological and psychological consequences, says Brett Gordon, a graduate student at the University of Limerick in Ireland, who led the new review. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression," 6 June 2018 By increasing your heart rate and supporting blood flow, the warmup makes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the physiological systems working hardest more efficient. Elizabeth Carey, Outside Online, "How to Warm Up for a Run," 10 May 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 \
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 \
variants: or physiologic \ -​ik \

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 \ adverb

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