physiological

adjective

phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal ˌfi-zē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio)
variants or physiologic
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
physiologically adverb

Examples of physiological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As epinephrine spreads throughout the body, several physiological changes occur. Finnian Kelly, TIME, 8 July 2024 And so, instead of hijacking natural physiological pathways, researchers have had to design drugs that are capable of recognizing and latching onto specific proteins made by tumor cells. Discover Magazine, 8 July 2024 That early childhood trauma affects kids on a physiological level. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2024 Its deep-brain imaging extends to the brain stem and cerebellum, areas crucial for healthy mental and physiological functioning that are difficult to study with conventional MRI at lower magnetic field strengths. Matthew D. Sacchet, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for physiological 

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of physiological was in 1704

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Cite this Entry

“Physiological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physiological. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal ˌfiz-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio)
variants or physiologic
1
: of or relating to physiology
2
: characteristic of healthy or normal functioning of the body
physiologically adverb

Medical Definition

physiological

adjective
phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal ˌfiz-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce physiological (audio)
variants or physiologic
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
physiologically adverb
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