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physiology

[ fiz-ee-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌfɪz iˈɒl ə dʒi /
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noun
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.
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Origin of physiology

1555–65; <Latin physiologia<Greek physiología science of natural causes and phenomena. See physio-, -logy
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British Dictionary definitions for physiology

physiology
/ (ˌfɪzɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
the branch of science concerned with the functioning of organisms
the processes and functions of all or part of an organism

Derived forms of physiology

physiologist, noun

Word Origin for physiology

C16: from Latin physiologia, from Greek
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Medical definitions for physiology

physiology
[ fĭz′ē-ŏlə-jē ]

n.
The biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts.
All the functions of a living organism or any of its parts.

Other words from physiology

phys′i•olo•gist n.
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Scientific definitions for physiology

physiology
[ fĭz′ē-ŏlə-jē ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for physiology

physiology

The study of the function of living things, including processes such as nutrition, movement, and reproduction. (Compare anatomy and morphology.)

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