One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To inquire into or consider natural causes and phenomena. Now rare.
2no object To form physiological conclusions or theories; to conduct physiological research. Also with object: to interpret in physiological terms (in later use chiefly Psychology).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Ralph Cudworth (1617–1688), philosopher and theologian. From physiology + -ize. Compare post-classical Latin phisiologizare.
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