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physiology Syllabification: phys·i·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌfizēˈäləjē/

Definition of physiology in English:


1The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.
Example sentences
  • I have taken many classes dealing with physiology and biology, and there's no way that animals are that similar to us.
  • The basic human sciences involved are anatomy, physiology, and psychology.
  • Now sports science has lots of branches to it these days, from physiology to biomechanics, dietetics to psychology.
1.1The way in which a living organism or bodily part functions: the physiology of the brain
More example sentences
  • 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.


Early 17th century: from Latin physiologia (perhaps via French), from Greek phusiologia 'natural philosophy' (see physio-, -logy).

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