Phys`i*ol"o*gy (?), n.; pl.
Physiologies (#). [L. physiologia, Gr. ?;
fy`sis nature + ? 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.
☞ 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 physiology.
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.