Physiology ( /ˌfɪziˈɒlədʒi/) is the scientific study of function in living systems. This includes how organisms, organ systems, organs, cells, and bio-molecules carry out the chemical or physical functions that exist in a living system. The highest honor awarded in physiology is the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded since 1901 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Famous quotes containing the word physiology:
“A physicians physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a clerics divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.”
—Samuel Butler (18351902)
“If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology theyd realise that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.”
—Sean OCasey (18841964)
“The world moves, but we seem to move with it. When I studied physiology before ... there were two hundred and eight bones in the body. Now there are two hundred and thirty- eight.”
—Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (18421911)