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physiological functions

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Definition: In physiology, a function is an activity or process carried out by a system in an organism, such as sensation or locomotion in an animal.

This concept of function as opposed to form (respectively Aristotle’s ergon and morphê) was central in biological explanations in classical antiquity, and in more modern times formed part of the Cuvier–Geoffroy debate.

See also

- function
- physiological processes
- physiological structures