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or physiologic

[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.
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 physiologically
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  • The trivial character of these laboratory experiments makes them physiologically the more remarkable.

  • physiologically, mentally, and morally this truth holds good.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • But physiologically the painting of the Egyptians is just as much justified as the drawings of our children are.

  • An incident of the world operating as a physiologically direct stimulus is assuredly a reality.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • Consequently, all civilised men are physiologically out of equilibrium, and their physical health is lessened.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Both are psychologically and physiologically a turn to the worse.

British Dictionary definitions for physiologically


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 physiologically



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

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physiologically 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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