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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 physiologically
  • Depression is a physiologically based medical disorder which also has mental ramifications.
  • Wheat is physiologically different from maize in two main ways, making big genetic improvements harder to achieve.
  • Rats are not people, of course-though what holds physiologically for one often holds for the other.
  • However, for the moment, the evidence suggests that neither marijuana nor amphetamines are physiologically addictive.
  • Mice and humans are physiologically alike, so a similar effect might be expected for people.
  • It was physiologically impossible to go much deeper breathing air.
  • Also, the physiologically damaging physical side effects of continued use are a real risk to the user.
  • Nothing in these products drives you to be physiologically dependent on them.
  • physiologically speaking, there is no other way to be born.
  • So scientists have searched for a reliable way to measure pain physiologically.
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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