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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 physiological
  • Thus the warm glow that accompanies charitable giving has a physiological basis.
  • The low-carb craze was about simplistic answers to psychological and physiological issues.
  • The researchers drew no conclusions, and the study was not designed to connect the phenomena to physiological outcomes.
  • Full independence requires the use of physiological mechanisms in the animal's body.
  • They have two general types of responses: behavioral and physiological.
  • The science has been variously referred to as physiological chemistry and as biological chemistry.
  • It's true that scientists have documented psychological and physiological differences between male and female brains.
  • The effect of physiological status in ewes and pasture availability on herbage intake.
  • Whillans, 56, past his physiological limits and he has slashed his half-marathon time by 20 minutes.
  • But now sleep researchers are discovering that adolescent sleepiness in the morning has a physiological basis.
British Dictionary definitions for physiological


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 physiological

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

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physiological 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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