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

Examples of physiological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The risks to long term mental health may therefore be worse than any immediate physiological risks. Donavyn Coffey, Popular Science, "How to actually detox," 1 Jan. 2020 The brain combines information about your physiological state, environment, and personal experiences to form a subjective feeling inside you. Olly Robinson, Quartz, "Neuroscience discovered what Christmas emotions look like in the brain," 25 Dec. 2019 His team is gathering physiological measurements before and after vaping or smoking, including heart rate, blood pressure, artery thickness and stiffness, and aerobic function while running on a treadmill. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "How safe is vaping? New human studies assess chronic harm to heart and lungs," 26 Nov. 2019 Some researchers in the past have theorized that physiological limitations kept predators from stalking their prey year-round. New York Times, "Still the Undisputed Champs of Mammalian Migrations," 18 Nov. 2019 However, physiological stress (think: body burns or the like) can lead to ulcer formation, according to Dr. Greenwald. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What Is a Stomach Ulcer? Here’s What You Need to Know About Symptoms and Treatment," 1 Nov. 2019 When the certain situation arises, the emotion orchestrates relevant behavioral and physiological mechanisms that help address the problems at hand. Joshua Schrock, The Conversation, "Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster," 17 Dec. 2019 His journey to recovering his mental and physiological health has been an odyssey, said Thomas, one that led him at times to ponder taking his own life. BostonGlobe.com, "“I lost my ability, essentially,” he said. “I woke up the next morning after it and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat, where I wanted to go. I couldn’t follow a schedule.," 13 Dec. 2019 And Wixey notes that existing research on detrimental human exposure to acoustic emanations has found potential effects that are both physiological and psychological. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of physiological

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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22 Jan 2020

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“Physiological.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physiological. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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