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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One reason direct physical contact with the ground might have beneficial physiological effects is the earth's surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Stress is known to cause physiological changes, including changes in immune function, but evidence that links it to specific diseases is limited. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Stress Disorders Tied to Autoimmune Disease," 26 June 2018 So, based on this information, there seems to be more of a mind-body connection between feeling hunger and anger, beyond the physiological effect that a lack of food has on your body. refinery29.com, "So, Does This Mean Feeling "Hangry" Isn't Actually A Thing?," 12 June 2018 Emotions arise through the interaction of physiological processes (racing heartbeat, sweaty palms) and cognition. Steven Poole, WSJ, "‘The Biological Mind’ Review: Identify Your Self," 5 Apr. 2018 The physiological effects team, meanwhile, examined Goshawks at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force might learn from oxygen problem in Navy trainers," 25 Feb. 2018 The hypothalamus helps regulate a number of important behavioral and physiological functions such as body temperature, eating and drinking habits, emotional well-being and sleep, according to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Maintaining a daily rhythm is important for mental health, study suggests," 15 May 2018 There are even studies that show that people viewing a person’s skin being pricked by a needle will have more of a [physiological] reaction when the skin is the same color as theirs. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A sociologist explains why we make spectacle out of trauma like the Thai cave boys," 11 July 2018 But while the bodily concerns are banal, the physiological changes to these breath-holders are more remarkable. Sarah Scoles, Washington Post, "These ‘mermaids’ dance underwater for half an hour at a time," 17 June 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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