biorhythm

[ bahy-oh-rith-uh m ]
/ ˈbaɪ oʊˌrɪð əm /

noun

Physiology. an innate periodicity in an organism's physiological processes, as sleep and wake cycles.

Nearby words

  1. bioregion,
  2. bioregionalism,
  3. bioremediation,
  4. bioresearch,
  5. bioreserve,
  6. biorhythmics,
  7. bios,
  8. biosafety,
  9. bioscience,
  10. bioscope

Origin of biorhythm

First recorded in 1960–65; bio- + rhythm

Related formsbi·o·rhyth·mic, adjectivebi·o·rhyth·mic·i·ty [bahy-oh-rith-mis-i-tee] /ˌbaɪ oʊ rɪðˈmɪs ɪ ti/, nounbi·o·rhyth·mist, bi·o·rhyth·mi·cist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for biorhythm

biorhythm

/ (ˈbaɪəʊˌrɪðəm) /

noun

a cyclically recurring pattern of physiological states in an organism or organ, such as alpha rhythm or circadian rhythm; believed by some to affect physical and mental states and behaviour
Derived Formsbiorhythmic, adjectivebiorhythmically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for biorhythm

biorhythm

n.

also bio-rhythm, 1960, from bio- + rhythm. Related: Biorhythmic.

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Medicine definitions for biorhythm

biorhythm

[ bīō-rĭð′əm ]

n.

A biologically inherent cyclic variation or recurrence of an event or state, such as sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.
Related formsbi′o•rhythmic (-rĭðmĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for biorhythm

biorhythm

[ bīō-rĭð′əm ]

A recurring biological process, such as sleep, that is controlled by the circadian rhythms of an organism. See more at circadian rhythm.
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