Definition of physiological in English:



  • 1Relating to the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.

    ‘physiological research on the causes of violent behaviour’
    • ‘She has indicated the influence of physiological thinking on the program of Enlightenment.’
    • ‘He studied physiological psychology in Germany and in 1869 received his MD from Harvard Medical School.’
    • ‘Her suffering reflects contemporary physiological theories, and his death from snakebite is a very typical mixture of Alexandrian medicine and myth.’
    • ‘Their physiological studies further illuminated female sexuality and the female response cycle.’
    • ‘He is the author of over 300 physiological papers.’
    • ‘It was here that he published his physiological essays.’
    • ‘The lead investigator is a professor of physiological science at the University of California, Los Angeles.’
    • ‘Some of his basic anatomical and physiological assumptions were totally mistaken, not only by our standards, but also in light of what was already known in his time.’
    • ‘Many of Galen's anatomical and physiological observations were accurate.’
    • ‘She absorbed herself in the private study of medical books, and in 1838 began lecturing on women's anatomy at the Ladies' Physiological Society of Boston.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions.
      ‘slow down your body's physiological response to anger by breathing deeply’
      • ‘Physiological maturity of most of the varieties was likewise not generally affected by the spray treatments.’
      • ‘In severe cases, a physiological breakdown can occur, keeping otherwise healthy guys out of commission for long periods of time.’
      • ‘The adoption of this teaching leads to certain desirable physiological consequences in the end product.’
      • ‘Researchers looked at physiological changes in volunteers as they listened to music.’
      • ‘The physiological symptom of red eyes—which could be from hay fever, for instance—has differing cultural significance in different parts of the world.’
      • ‘Cows frequently experience physiological problems during the transition period.’
      • ‘There are several physiological changes that occur in the digestive tract of the young pig from birth to eight weeks of age.’
      • ‘Physiological signs of stress such as high blood pressure become measurably lower when drivers pass by vegetation.’
      • ‘Physiological concentrations of melatonin inhibited the growth of one out of six mammary carcinomas in a dose-dependent manner.’
      • ‘Both groups were subjected to the physiological stress of having their hand immersed in ice water for 5 minutes.’