[ pav-lov, -lawf; Russian pah-vluhf ]

  1. I·van Pe·tro·vich [ee-vahnpyi-traw-vyich], /iˈvɑn pyɪˈtrɔ vyɪtʃ/, 1849–1936, Russian physiologist: Nobel Prize in medicine 1904.

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British Dictionary definitions for Pavlov


/ (ˈpævlɒv, Russian ˈpavləf) /

  1. Ivan Petrovich (iˈvan pɪˈtrɔvitʃ). 1849–1936, Russian physiologist. His study of conditioned reflexes in dogs influenced behaviourism. He also made important contributions to the study of digestion: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1904

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Scientific definitions for Pavlov


[ păvlôv′, -lôf′ ]

  1. Russian physiologist who studied the digestive system of dogs, investigating the nervous control of salivation and the role of enzymes. His experiments showed that if a bell is rung whenever food is presented to a dog, the dog will eventually salivate when it hears the bell, even if no food is presented. This demonstration of what is known as a conditioned response prompted later scientific studies of human and animal behavior.

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