What is Physiology?

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What is Physiology?
« on: 04/03/2008 17:28:51 »
What the heck is it? A cross between physics and biology?
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Re: What is Physiology?
« Reply #1 on: 04/03/2008 22:40:04 »
In modern terms, physics has a different meaning to what it used to have (and in the US they still refer to medical doctors as physicians).

Physics used to be the study of the physical human body (as distinct from the study of the spiritual), but gradually the term physics began to be applied to the study of inanimate nature, and physiology took the meaning that physics used to mean.

Oh, and a physics garden is the old name for a herb garden, where herbs for medicinal use were grown.
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What is Physiology?
« Reply #2 on: 05/03/2008 22:32:36 »
From Wikipedia:  Physiology (from Greek: φυσις, physis, “nature, origin”; and λόγος, logos, "speech" lit. "to talk about the nature (of things)") is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms.

Basically, physiology is the study of how living things work.

Its common counterpart (anatomy) is the study of how things are made up.  So for exapmle, the (very simple) anatomy of a leg would be the bones, joints, muscles and tendons that make up the leg.  The physiology of a leg would be how those parts work together to make the leg perform its function (which is to move).  You can also study the physiology (and anatomy) of whole organisms, plants, and individual cells
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