noun Etymology: Latin physiologia natural science, from Greek, from physi- + -logia -logy Date: 1615 1. a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved — compare anatomy 2. the organic processes and phenomena of an organism or any of its parts or of a particular bodily process • physiologist noun

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