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Individual physiology plays a major role in weight gain.
  the branch of biology that studies the functioning of organisms; or an organism’s processes and functions
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  • Individual physiology plays a major role in weight gain.
  • a professor of exercise physiology at the University
  • In my ignorance of physiology it occurred to me that he might die suddenly, from excitement, at a critical moment.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Shadow Line
  • studying the physiology of consciousness

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  • He enjoyed their awed expressions: I wonder if he knows the exact anatomy and physiology of every creature on earth.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • My physiology is a little backwards.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • She had never understood the vaguest thing about his laboratory research but had listened faithfully and remained an attentive one-woman gallery for his complex disquisitions on physiology and the chemical enigmas of the human body.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She was fresh out of college with a physiology degree when her adviser sent her for an interview.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • He kept thinking of a college physiology class he had taken, in which the instructor had taught them to think of the mind as a muscle that would atrophy if left idle.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • And suddenly, not by design but by accident, I made a discovery in physiology.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man

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  • "Precisely, monsieur," replied Monte Cristo with one of those smiles that a painter could never represent or a physiologist analyze.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In three other points their physiology differed strangely from ours.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • How do your Healers get their knowledge about the physiology of a new species?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I revolved these circumstances in my mind and determined thenceforth to apply myself more particularly to those branches of natural philosophy which relate to physiology.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then we discussed my ignorance of philosophy, psychology and physiology (I immediately looked up these big words in the dictionary!).
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Now he was studying about the mind from the point of view of physiology.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Ere quitting, for the nonce, the Sperm Whale’s head, I would have you, as a sensible physiologist, simply—particularly remark its front aspect, in all its compacted collectedness.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • G——, calm, his body almost upright, his voice vibrating, was one of those octogenarians who form the subject of astonishment to the physiologist.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They say this, not at all suspecting that thousands of years ago that same law of necessity which with such ardor they are now trying to prove by physiology and comparative zoology was not merely acknowledged by all the religions and all the thinkers, but has never been denied.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Had I even the secret of one such mind, did I hold the key to the fancy of even one lunatic, I might advance my own branch of science to a pitch compared with which Burdon-Sanderson’s physiology or Ferrier’s brain knowledge would be as nothing.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • As a physiologist he believed in the artificial placation of malignant agencies chiefly operative during somnolence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She hasn’t an idea on education, nor physiology, nor anything.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • By profession he was a cardiovascular physiologist, with special interest in stresses induced at high-G accelerations.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Freemasonry, like Noetic Science and the Ancient Mysteries, revered the untapped potential of the human mind, and many of Masonry’s symbols related to human physiology.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He went over biology, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He hadn’t studied the physiology of appetite, but it seemed as if a switch in him had simply been turned off.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Leslie, the baby of our family, is currently studying biology and physiology at Wake Forest with the intention of becoming a veterinarian.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • I had been a mere lad then, and Moreau was, I suppose, about fifty,—a prominent and masterful physiologist, well-known in scientific circles for his extraordinary imagination and his brutal directness in discussion.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Rather, he studied at the kitchen table, staring at diagrams of human physiology or studying chemical equations, taking notes, and acing one exam after the next.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Instead of being hurt, denying, defending himself, begging forgiveness, instead of remaining indifferent even—anything would have been better than what he did do—his face utterly involuntarily (reflex spinal action, reflected Stepan Arkadyevitch, who was fond of physiology)—utterly involuntarily assumed its habitual, good-humored, and therefore idiotic smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The syllabus that he read on the notice-board stunned him; lectures on anatomy, lectures on pathology, lectures on physiology, lectures on pharmacy, lectures on botany and clinical medicine, and therapeutics, without counting hygiene and materia medica—all names of whose etymologies he was ignorant, and that were to him as so many doors to sanctuaries filled with magnificent darkness.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The instant wherein that supreme quality of beauty, the clear radiance of the esthetic image, is apprehended luminously by the mind which has been arrested by its wholeness and fascinated by its harmony is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure, a spiritual state very like to that cardiac condition which the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani, using a phrase almost as beautiful as Shelley’s, called the enchantment of the heart.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • [rising] I yield to your superior knowledge of physiology, Henry.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • A physiologist named Jordan has just developed visual knock-out drops for Monarch.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • "You were willing to violate my physiology for the sake of a few answers," I said.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • "I’m not sure that a Glatun doctor would know the first thing about human physiology."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • They draw upon a number of disciplines in their work: biology, psychology, physiology, and organic chemistry.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But ’taking of nourishment’ is basic physiology, and to tell someone to ’savor’ it is pure sarcasm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And it is always those who know nothing about human nature, who are bored by psychology—and shocked by physiology, who ask it.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The power of most of the gods, however, is predicated upon a special physiology, which they lose in part when incarnated into a new body.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • For example, in the animal kingdom the physiologist has observed that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • His interest in the physiology of sight was in keeping with other sides of his character-his creative gifts and his preoccupation with imagery in art and the logical structure of ideas.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But if you really are interested in the prints and stereos and schematics of a suit’s physiology, you can find most of it, the unclassified part, in any fairly large public library.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • But at a meeting of the American Academy of Sciences he met one Dr. Entwisle, a youngish physiologist from Harvard, who would make an excellent dean.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • When Alaska Young is sitting with her legs crossed in a brittle, periodically green clover patch leaning forward in search of four-leaf clovers, the pale skin of her sizable cleavage clearly visible, it is a plain fact of human physiology that it becomes impossible to join in her clover search.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • He was very anxious to pass, first to save himself time and expense, for money had been slipping through his fingers during the last four months with incredible speed; and then because this examination marked the end of the drudgery: after that the student had to do with medicine, midwifery, and surgery, the interest of which was more vivid than the anatomy and physiology with which he had been hitherto concerned.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Since she has attained years of maturity, she has read other books of romantic tendency and of late she had read with great interest a book she got through Mr. Lebeziatnikov, Lewes’ Physiology—do you know it?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I got hold of Padilla, and he came over from his laboratory with pills for her fever, having consulted with some Physiology grad students.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "But, my dear fellow, you are joking then," said I, "this is a very passable skull—indeed, I may say that it is a very excellent skull, according to the vulgar notions about such specimens of physiology—and your scarabaeus must be the queerest scarabaeus in the world if it resembles it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
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Associated words [difficulty]:   physiology [5] , anatomy [2] , pathology [2] , gynecology [3] , neurology [3] , cardiology [6] , dermatology [7] , gerontology [8]
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