Definition of physiology
1 : a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (such as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved — compare anatomy
2 : the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process
physiologistplay \ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun
Examples of physiology in a Sentence
She took a course in anatomy and physiology.
the physiology of diseased plants
Recent Examples of physiology from the Web
Chanez needed two minutes to recover from an apparent low blow in the second round, though how Conlan could manage to go low on such a short, stumpy opponent was a mystery of physics and physiology.
How Rising Temperatures Can Fry the Economy How Rising Temperatures Can Fry the Economy x Share Embed Permalink The physiology of temperature and sleep has been understood for some time.
The Nobel was awarded only to Dr. Banting and J. J. R. Macleod, the head of the university’s physiology department.
Chronobiologists have become highly skeptical of claims of multi-day biorhythms, said Roberto Refinetti, a physiologist at Boise State University and the author of a text book on circadian physiology.
In Europe, scientific interest was shifting from pure physiology to the neurological signalling underneath, abetted by a transition from philosophy to a more rigorous study of mind and cognition.
Ms. Hagerty’s account of her transformation is laced with the latest research into healthy aging from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, physiology and sociology, and includes numerous interviews.
The video below, produced by Stat, goes further, explaining the physiology behind the epidemic and the terrible withdrawal process addicts like Matt Ganem face.
The social media missives directed to Indiana’s governor this week have been frequent, pointed and unyielding in their descriptions of female physiology.
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Did You Know?
The Latin root physio- generally means "physical", so human physiology deals with just about everything that keeps us alive and working, and other physiology specialties do the same for other animals and for plants. To do anything serious in the field of health, you've obviously got to know how the body's organs and cells function normally. Physiology used to be considered separately from anatomy, which focuses on the body's structures; however, it's now known that structure and function can't easily be separated in a scientific way, so "anatomy and physiology" are often spoken of in the same breath.
Origin and Etymology of physiology
Latin physiologia natural science, from Greek, from physi- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1615See Words from the same year
PHYSIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of physiology for English Language Learners
: a science that deals with the ways that living things function
: the ways that living things or any of their parts function
PHYSIOLOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of physiology for Students
1 : a branch of biology that deals with the processes and activities that keep living things alive
2 : the processes and activities by which a living thing or any part of it functions
Medical Definition of physiology
1: a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved—compare anatomy 1, morphology 1
2: the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process the physiology of the thyroid gland
3: a treatise on physiology
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