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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In other words, testosterone is a kind of masculinist delusion, a device to fool yourself into thinking that there are actual physiological and psychological differences between men and women. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 Then, the researchers compared the two groups' reactions using a battery of physiological and psychological tests. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Does exposure to animals during childhood buffer the body's response to stress as adults?," 1 May 2018 There are also a few physiological reasons that the second pregnancy may feel tougher than the first. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Carrie Underwood Says Her Second Pregnancy Is 'Harder' on Her Body Than Her First," 18 Oct. 2018 Springer demonstrated that, at least in rats, the same physiological effect occurs after inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana. Marissa Ortega-welch, Washington Post, "Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes.," 21 Mar. 2018 Experts still aren’t totally sure whether the cause is purely physiological or cognitive. Ashley Abramson, The Cut, "Pregnancy Put My OCD Into Overdrive," 5 Feb. 2018 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

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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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