1. the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
2. processes and functions of an organism
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
physiology \phys`i*ol"o*gy\ (f[i^]z`[i^]*[o^]l"[-o]*j[y^]), n.;
pl. Physiologies. [L. physiologia, Gr. fysiologi`a; fy`sis
nature + lo`gos discourse: cf. F. physiologie.]
1. The science which treats of the phenomena of living
organisms; the study of the processes incidental to, and
characteristic of, life.
Note: It is divided into animal and vegetable physiology,
dealing with animal and vegetable life respectively.
When applied especially to a study of the functions of
the organs and tissues in man, it is called human
2. A treatise on physiology.
Mental physiology, the science of the functions and
phenomena of the mind, as distinguished from a
philosophical explanation of the same.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the
functioning of organisms
2: processes and functions of an organism
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "physiology":
aerobiology, agrobiology, anatomy, astrobiology, bacteriology,
biochemics, biochemistry, biochemy, bioecology, biological science,
biology, biometrics, biometry, bionics, bionomics, biophysics,
botany, cell physiology, cryobiology, cybernetics, cytology,
ecology, electrobiology, embryology, enzymology, ethnobiology,
exobiology, genetics, gnotobiotics, life science, microbiology,
molecular biology, pharmacology, radiobiology, taxonomy, virology,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PHYSIOLOGY, med. jur. The science which treats of the functions of animals;
it is the science of life.
2. The legal practitioner who expects to rise to eminence, must acquire
some acquaintance with physiology. This subject is intimately connected with
gestation, birth, life and death. Vide 2 Chit. Pr. 42, n.