bodily function

bodily functions

Definitions of bodily function
  1. noun
    an organic process that takes place in the body
    synonyms: activity, bodily process, body process
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    (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc
    breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation
    the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
    a single complete act of breathing in and out
    the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
    consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake
    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
    sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
    activities associated with sexual intercourse
    the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female
    the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
    reaction, response
    a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
    crying, tears, weeping
    the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
    the cessation of lactation
    muscular action of the alimentary tract in a direction opposite to peristalsis
    discharge, emission, expelling
    any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
    the process of coughing up and spitting out
    festering, maturation, suppuration
    (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
    the natural process by which the body repairs itself
    the accumulation of blood in an organ
    lachrymation, lacrimation, tearing, watering
    shedding tears
    the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands
    opsonisation, opsonization
    process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis
    excessive activity
    peristalsis, vermiculation
    the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along
    diaphoresis, hidrosis, perspiration, sudation, sweating
    the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid
    process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection
    process by which certain cells can engulf and incorporate droplets of fluid
    the formation of the placenta in the uterus
    falling out of hair
    process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light
    the process of giving off or exhaling water vapor through the skin or mucous membranes
    noctambulation, noctambulism, sleepwalking, somnambulation, somnambulism
    walking by a person who is asleep
    sleep talking, somniloquism, somniloquy
    uttering speech while asleep
    motor control
    control of muscles
    artificial respiration
    an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially
    abdominal breathing
    breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles
    eupnea, eupnoea
    normal relaxed breathing
    energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders
    slow or shallow breathing
    an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued
    heaving, panting
    breathing heavily (as after exertion)
    Cheyne-Stokes respiration, periodic breathing
    abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
    smoke, smoking
    the act of smoking tobacco or other substances
    breathing out, exhalation, expiration
    the act of expelling air from the lungs
    snore, snoring, stertor
    the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
    sniffle, snivel, snuffle
    the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    breathing with a husky or whistling sound
    second wind
    the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion
    aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
    eating, feeding
    the act of consuming food
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
    suck, sucking, suction
    the act of sucking
    drinking, imbibing, imbibition
    the act of consuming liquids
    safe sex
    sexual activity (especially sexual intercourse) with the use of measures (such as latex condoms) to avoid the transmission of disease (especially AIDS)
    the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
    AI, artificial insemination
    the introduction of semen into the oviduct or uterus by some means other than sexual intercourse
    love, love life, lovemaking, making love, sexual love
    sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    carnal abuse
    any lascivious contact by an adult with the sexual organs of a child (especially not involving sexual intercourse)
    conjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, sexual union, union
    the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
    breeding, facts of life, procreation, reproduction
    the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
    arousal, stimulation
    mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    perversion, sexual perversion
    an aberrant sexual practice;
    autoeroticism, autoerotism
    using you own body as a sexual object
    promiscuity, promiscuousness, sleeping around
    indulging in promiscuous (casual and indiscriminate) sexual relations
    unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity
    gayness, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, queerness
    a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
    sexual activity with both men and women
    heterosexualism, heterosexuality, straightness
    a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex
    bestiality, zooerastia, zooerasty
    sexual activity between a person and an animal
    cat sleep, catnap, forty winks, nap, short sleep, snooze
    sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
    doze, drowse
    a light fitful sleep
    any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection (especially the undirected behavior seen in psychomotor epilepsy)
    a reaction to a crisis or setback or frustration
    an excessive reaction; a reaction with inappropriate emotional behavior
    Fere phenomenon, GSR, Tarchanoff phenomenon, electrical skin response, electrodermal response, galvanic skin response, psychogalvanic response
    a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety; can be measured either by recording the electrical resistance of the skin or by recording weak currents generated by the body
    immune reaction, immune response, immunologic response
    a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
    an involuntary orienting response; positive or negative reaction to a stimulus source
    a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism
    a movement that is a response to a stimulus but is not oriented with respect to the source of stimulation
    double take
    a delayed reaction indicating surprise
    inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
    an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
    learned reaction, learned response
    a reaction that has been acquired by learning
    passage, passing
    a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
    snivel, sniveling
    whining in a tearful manner
    sob, sobbing
    convulsive gasp made while weeping
    bawling, wailing
    loud cries made while weeping
    a nonverbal reaction
    transfusion reaction
    reaction of the body to a transfusion of blood that is not compatible with its own blood; an adverse reaction can range from fever and hives to renal failure and shock and death
    convalescence, recovery, recuperation
    gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
    elimination, evacuation, excreting, excretion, voiding
    the bodily process of discharging waste matter
    hyperhidrosis, hyperidrosis, polyhidrosis
    excessive and profuse perspiration
    catamenia, flow, menses, menstruation, menstruum, period
    the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
    conglutination, union
    healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
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