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[fiz-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfɪz i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
of or relating to physiology.
consistent with the normal functioning of an organism.
Also, physiologic.
Origin of physiological
1600-10; physiolog(y) + -ical
Related forms
physiologically, adverb
nonphysiologic, adjective
nonphysiological, adjective
nonphysiologically, adverb
unphysiological, adjective
unphysiologically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for physiologic
  • He's been checked out by vets and nothing physiologic is wrong with him.
  • The researchers did not speculate as to the physiologic mechanism by which the exercise program was helpful.
  • Chronic stress may also affect the physiologic systems that regulate weight by increasing cortisol levels.
  • First, during fever, all the body's functions are occurring amidst increased physiologic stress.
  • Sneezing is a physiologic response to the irritation of the respiratory epithelium lining of the nose.
  • There are the physiologic complications, such as renal dysfunction.
  • Or suppose he has a physiologic brain disorder which makes him mistakenly think he is squirting a water gun.
  • physiologic data collection measured the side effects and interrogational efficacy of arduous treatment, eg, waterboarding.
  • Researchers are trying to find out as much as possible as to how and where the drug works, on a basic physiologic level.
  • It is a type of physiologic or exaggerated physiologic jaundice.
British Dictionary definitions for physiologic


of or relating to physiology
of or relating to normal healthful functioning; not pathological
Derived Forms
physiologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for physiologic



c.1600, "pertaining to natural science," from physiology + -ical. From 1814 as "pertaining to physiology." Related: Physiologically.

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physiologic in Medicine

physiological phys·i·o·log·i·cal (fĭz'ē-ə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or phys·i·o·log·ic (-ĭk)
Abbr. phys.

  1. Of or relating to physiology.

  2. Being in accord with or characteristic of the normal functioning of a living organism.

  3. Relating to the action of a drug when given to a healthy person, as distinguished from its therapeutic action.

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