One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.
- ‘I have taken many classes dealing with physiology and biology, and there's no way that animals are that similar to us.’
- ‘He had great intellectual curiosity and eagerly applied physiology to patient care.’
- ‘Now sports science has lots of branches to it these days, from physiology to biomechanics, dietetics to psychology.’
- ‘Accurate measurement or prediction of muscle mass is useful in physiology, nutrition and clinical medicine.’
- ‘The basic human sciences involved are anatomy, physiology, and psychology.’
- 1.1 The way in which a living organism or bodily part functions.‘the physiology of the brain’
- ‘Of course we need to be respectful of the biology and physiology of illness.’
- ‘Variables in the model were age, end stage disease, length of stay in unit, cardiothoracic surgery, and physiology.’
- ‘Most of them follow the medical model, that is, they deal with the actual physiology of making vocal sound.’
- ‘The normal physiology of the colon, as described above, is completely disrupted.’
- ‘Tilapias are also an important model for studies of fish physiology and endocrinology.’
Early 17th century: from Latin physiologia (perhaps via French), from Greek phusiologia ‘natural philosophy’ (see physio-, -logy).
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