- the branch of biology dealing with the functions and activities of living organisms and their parts, including all physical and chemical processes.
- the organic processes or functions in an organism or in any of its parts.
Origin of physiology
Examples from the Web for physiology
Journal of Physiology, 2011, doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2011.20992.15 Shocking Exercise Facts
August 20, 2011
But I then had to understand it all and studied the physiology of alcoholism.Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
A French physiology team found that toddlers prefer smells they were exposed to in the first weeks of life.What Your Baby Remembers
November 9, 2010
Why should they not work together in Tiptology, as in Physiology and Metaphysics?The Book of Khalid
Thus, physiology is an abstract science; but zoology is concrete.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
You'll find my physiology even worse than my theology, Bertie.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Another road through this chaos is provided by the physiology of speech.Cratylus
In this case, as in most others, propriety and physiology are in harmony.
- the branch of science concerned with the functioning of organisms
- the processes and functions of all or part of an organism
Word Origin and History for physiology
1560s, "study and description of natural objects," from Middle French physiologie or directly from Latin physiologia "natural science, study of nature," from Greek physiologia "natural science, inquiry into nature," from physio- "nature" (see physio-) + logia "study" (see -logy). Meaning "science of the normal function of living things" is attested from 1610s. Related: Physiologic; physiologist.
- The biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts.
- All the functions of a living organism or any of its parts.
- The scientific study of an organism's vital functions, including growth and development, the absorption and processing of nutrients, the synthesis and distribution of proteins and other organic molecules, and the functioning of different tissues, organs, and other anatomic structures. Physiology studies the normal mechanical, physical, and biochemical processes of animals and plants.