physiological state

/ˌˈfɪziəˌlɑdʒəkəl steɪt/

Other forms: physiological states

Definitions of physiological state
  1. noun
    the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
    synonyms: physical condition, physiological condition
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    a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
    the state of being bloody
    (immunology) the degree to which the body's immune system will try to reject foreign material (as transfused blood or transplanted tissue)
    an inability to retain bodily secretions
    dilation and enlargement of arterioles
    torpidity, torpor
    a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
    agalactia, agalactosis
    a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered
    anaesthesia, anesthesia
    loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness
    anhidrosis, anhydrosis
    failure of the sweat glands
    a state of heightened physiological activity
    sleep, slumber
    a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
    sleep, sopor
    a torpid state resembling deep sleep
    a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
    breakdown of elastic tissue (as the loss of elasticity in the skin of elderly people that results from degeneration of connective tissue)
    flatulence, flatulency, gas
    a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal
    flection, flexion, flexure
    the state of being flexed (as of a joint)
    estrus, heat, oestrus, rut
    applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
    anestrum, anestrus, anoestrum, anoestrus
    applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
    hypercapnia, hypercarbia
    the physical condition of having the presence of an abnormally high level of carbon dioxide in the circulating blood
    acapnia, hypocapnia
    a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing
    a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
    oxygen debt
    a cumulative deficit of oxygen resulting from intense exercise; the deficit must be made up when the body returns to rest
    hyperthermia, hyperthermy
    abnormally high body temperature; sometimes induced (as in treating some forms of cancer)
    normal body temperature
    subnormal body temperature
    the physiological state of having or consisting of muscle
    any muscular weakness
    infertility, sterility
    the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
    false pregnancy, pseudocyesis
    physiological state in which a woman exhibits symptoms of pregnancy but is not pregnant
    gestation, maternity, pregnancy
    the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    rigor mortis
    temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death
    vitalisation, vitalization
    the state of being vitalized and filled with life
    good health, healthiness
    the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
    fecundity, fertility
    the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring
    potence, potency
    the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
    pathological state
    a physical condition that is caused by disease
    disorder, upset
    a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
    the state of having cells
    addiction, dependance, dependence, dependency, habituation
    being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
    suspended animation
    a temporary cessation of vital functions with loss of consciousness resembling death; usually resulting from asphyxia
    a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill
    dilatation, distension, distention
    the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
    (ophthalmology) the normal refractive condition of the eye in which there is clear focus of light on the retina
    a state of reduced excitement or anxiety that is induced by the administrative of a sedative agent
    unusual darkening of the skin
    unusual lack of skin color
    a condition in which no mucus in produced
    cold sweat
    the physical condition of concurrent perspiration and chill; associated with fear
    abnormalcy, abnormality
    an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
    blockage, obstruction
    the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction
    intoxication, poisoning, toxic condition
    the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
    absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
    insufficient spermatozoa in the semen
    awakening from sleep
    a period of sleeplessness
    the state of being asleep
    immunological disorder
    a disorder of the immune system
    incompatibility in which one person's tissue cannot be transplanted to another person
    Rh incompatibility
    incompatibility of Rh blood types; a transfusion of Rh-positive blood given to a Rh-negative person (or vice versa) can result in hemolysis and anemia
    the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
    lassitude, lethargy, sluggishness
    a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
    congenital absence of the heart (as in the development of some monsters)
    acephalia, acephalism, acephaly
    absence of the head (as in the development of some monsters)
    absence of the pupil in an eye
    acromicria, acromikria
    abnormally small extremities (underdeveloped fingers and toes)
    abnormal protrusion of the navel; sometimes the start of umbilical hernia
    absence of the mammary glands (either through surgery or developmental defect)
    an abnormality involving a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number (one chromosome set is incomplete)
    anorchia, anorchidism, anorchism
    absence of one of both testes
    NREM, NREM sleep, nonrapid eye movement, nonrapid eye movement sleep, orthodox sleep
    a recurring sleep state during which rapid eye movements do not occur and dreaming does not occur; accounts for about 75% of normal sleep time
    REM, REM sleep, paradoxical sleep, rapid eye movement, rapid eye movement sleep
    a recurring sleep state during which dreaming occurs; a state of rapidly shifting eye movements during sleep
    informal term for sleep
    cryoanaesthesia, cryoanesthesia
    insensibility resulting from cold
    general anaesthesia, general anesthesia
    a state of total unconsciousness resulting from anesthetic drugs (as for a major surgical operation)
    local anaesthesia, local anesthesia
    loss of sensation in a small area of the body (as when a local anesthetic is injected for a tooth extraction)
    block anaesthesia, block anesthesia, conduction anaesthesia, conduction anesthesia, nerve block anaesthesia, nerve block anesthesia
    anesthesia of an area supplied by a nerve; produced by an anesthetic agent applied to the nerve
    regional anaesthesia, regional anesthesia
    loss of sensation in a region of the body produced by application of an anesthetic agent to all the nerves supplying that region (as when an epidural anesthetic is administered to the pelvic region during childbirth)
    topical anaesthesia, topical anesthesia
    loss of sensation confined to the skin or mucous surfaces (as when benzocaine or Lidocaine is applied to the surface)
    alerting, alertness
    a state of readiness to respond
    emotional arousal
    the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
    excitation, innervation, irritation
    the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
    sexual arousal
    the arousal of sexual desires in preparation for sexual behavior
    diestrum, diestrus
    (of animals having several estrous cycles in one breeding season) a state or interval of sexual inactivity or quiescence between periods of activity
    something that is desired
    hunger, hungriness
    a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
    thirst, thirstiness
    a physiological need to drink
    sex drive
    a physiological need for sexual activity
    oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
    impotence, impotency
    an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
    the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
    inability to produce hybrids that are both viable and fertile
    infertility between hybrids
    an unwanted pregnancy
    gravidation, gravidity, gravidness
    technical terms for pregnancy
    the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in
    para, parity
    (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered
    eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, metacyesis
    pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
    entopic pregnancy
    pregnancy resulting from normal gestation in the uterus
    placenta previa
    pregnancy in which the placenta is implanted in the lower part of the uterus (instead of the upper part); can cause bleeding late in pregnancy; delivery by cesarean section may be necessary
    asynclitism, obliquity
    the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
    an abnormal condition in which a normal opening or tube in the body (as the urethra) is closed or absent
    haleness, wholeness
    a state of robust good health
    energy, vim, vitality
    a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
    bloom, blush, flush, rosiness
    a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
    freshness, glow
    an alert and refreshed state
    an attractive combination of good health and happiness
    the state of being vigorous and robust
    health problem, ill health, unhealthiness
    a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
    functional disorder
    disorder showing symptoms for which no physiological or anatomical cause can be identified
    organic disorder
    disorder caused by a detectable physiological or structural change in an organ
    the condition in which the upper teeth do not touch the lower teeth when biting
    abruptio placentae
    a disorder of pregnancy in which the placenta prematurely separates from the wall of the uterus
    an abnormal deficiency or absence of free hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice; often associated with severe anemias and cancer of the stomach
    acholia, cholestasis
    a condition in which little or no bile is secreted or the flow of bile into the digestive tract is obstructed
    achylia, achylia gastrica
    absence of gastric juices (partial or complete)
    acute brain disorder, acute organic brain syndrome
    any disorder (as sudden confusion or disorientation) in an otherwise normal person that is due to reversible (temporary) impairment of brain tissues (as by head injuries or drugs or infection)
    ailment, complaint, ill
    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
    eating disorder
    a disorder of the normal eating routine
    bladder disorder
    a disorder of the urinary bladder
    cardiovascular disease
    a disease of the heart or blood vessels
    celiac disease
    a disorder in children and adults; inability to tolerate wheat protein (gluten); symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation; often accompanied by lactose intolerance
    cheilosis, perleche
    a disorder of the lips marked by scaling and fissures at the corners of the mouth; caused by a deficiency of riboflavin
    a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
    a condition in which the vagina is unusually dry
    degenerative disorder
    condition leading to progressive loss of function
    a disorder in the sense of touch
    dysosmia, olfactory impairment, parosamia
    a disorder in the sense of smell
    condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful
    painful or difficult urination
    loss of ability to function normally
    an ill-defined state of irritability and distress
    adenosis, gland disease, glandular disease, glandular disorder
    a disorder of the glands of the body
    a condition characterized by excessive restlessness and movement
    impacted tooth, impaction
    a disorder in which a tooth is so crowded in its socket that it cannot erupt normally
    a disorder in which feces are impacted in the lower colon
    learning disability, learning disorder
    a disorder found in children of normal intelligence who have difficulties in learning specific skills
    (dentistry) a condition in which the opposing teeth do not mesh normally
    the state of having abnormally many cells
    the state of having abnormally few cells
    suspended animation in organisms during periods of extreme drought from which they revive when moisture returns
    distension of the abdomen that is caused by the accumulation of gas in the intestines or the peritoneal cavity
    ectasia, ectasis
    dilatation or distension of a hollow organ
    drug addiction, white plague
    an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)
    idiopathic disease, idiopathic disorder, idiopathy
    any disease arising from internal dysfunctions of unknown cause
    disturbance, folie, mental disorder, mental disturbance, psychological disorder
    (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
    metabolic disorder
    a disorder or defect of metabolism
    nervous disorder, neurological disease, neurological disorder
    a disorder of the nervous system
    brachydactylia, brachydactyly
    abnormal shortness of fingers and toes
    cryptorchidism, cryptorchidy, cryptorchism
    failure of one or both testes to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops
    deviated septum
    abnormal displacement of any wall that separates two chambers (usually in the nasal cavity)
    abnormal condition where the heart is located toward the right side of the chest
    congenital abnormality involving the absence of some fingers or toes
    an abnormally high degree of irritability or sensitivity to stimulation of an organ or body part
    fetal distress, foetal distress
    an abnormal condition of a fetus; usually discovered during pregnancy and characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm
    hepatomegaly, megalohepatia
    abnormal enlargement of the liver
    abnormal condition in which an organ is turned inward or inside out (as when the upper part of the uterus is pulled into the cervical canal after childbirth)
    heterotaxy, transposition
    any abnormal position of the organs of the body
    abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis)
    the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair
    an abnormally large braincase
    hydatid mole, hydatidiform mole, molar pregnancy
    an abnormality during pregnancy; chorionic villi around the fetus degenerate and form clusters of fluid-filled sacs; usually associated with the death of the fetus
    an abnormality of pregnancy; accumulation of excess amniotic fluid
    disorder in which serous fluid accumulates in a body sac (especially in the scrotum)
    an abnormal condition resulting from taking vitamins excessively; can be serious for vitamins A or D or K
    an abnormal condition in males in which the urethra opens on the under surface of the penis
    abnormal condition in which an eye cannot close completely
    mental abnormality
    any abnormality of mental function
    condition in which both eyes are abnormally small but otherwise normal
    burn, sunburn, suntan, tan
    a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
    sleep disorder
    a disturbance of the normal sleep pattern
    the condition of having respiration stopped by compression of the air passage
    haematocolpometra, hematocolpometra
    accumulation of blood in the vagina and uterus
    haematocolpos, hematocolpos
    accumulation of menstrual blood in the vagina (usually due to an imperforate hymen)
    an abnormality in which the fingers are webbed
    extremely high fever (especially in children)
    abnormal development (of organs or cells) or an abnormal structure resulting from such growth
    defect of speech, speech defect, speech disorder
    a disorder of oral speech
    psilosis, sprue, tropical sprue
    a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
    hydrocephalus, hydrocephaly
    an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological
    the condition of having no arms
    a rare abnormality marked by premature aging (grey hair and wrinkled skin and stooped posture) in a child
    atypicality, untypicality
    any state that is not typical
    arrested development, fixation, infantile fixation, regression
    an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
    aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, deviance
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
    a developmental abnormality in which there is only one eye
    spinal curvature
    an abnormal curvature of the vertebral column
    the state of being less than normal (especially with respect to intelligence)
    anomalousness, anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
    excessive development of the breasts in males; usually the result of hormonal imbalance or treatment with certain drugs (including some antihypertensives)
    an abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics
    ileus, intestinal obstruction
    blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel
    tamponade, tamponage
    blockage or closure (as of a wound or body cavity) by (or as if by) a tampon (especially to stop bleeding)
    macrocephaly, megacephaly, megalocephaly
    an abnormally large head; differs from hydrocephalus because there is no increased intracranial pressure and the overgrowth is symmetrical
    abnormally small arms
    microcephalus, microcephaly, nanocephaly
    an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain
    an abnormal thickness of the lips
    an abnormal tightness of the foreskin preventing retraction over the glans
    alkali poisoning
    poisoning resulting from the ingestion of an alkali compound (as lye or ammonia)
    caffeine intoxication, caffeinism
    poisoning resulting from excessive intake of caffeine containing products
    carbon monoxide poisoning
    a toxic condition that results from inhaling and absorbing carbon monoxide gas
    cyanide poisoning
    poisoning due to ingesting or inhaling cyanide; common in smoke from fires and in industrial chemicals
    poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and cramping and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs
    mercury poisoning
    a toxic condition caused by ingesting or inhaling mercury; acute mercury poisoning causes a metallic taste and vomiting and diarrhea and kidney problems that may lead to death
    naphthalene poisoning
    toxic condition resulting from inhaling or ingesting naphthalene
    nicotine poisoning
    toxic condition caused by the ingestion or inhalation of large amounts of nicotine
    poisoning by snake venom
    paraquat poisoning
    poisoning caused by ingestion of paraquat; characterized by progressive damage to the esophagus and liver and kidneys
    pesticide poisoning
    toxic condition resulting from ingesting or inhaling a pesticide
    salicylate poisoning
    poisoning caused by the excessive ingestion of salicylates (usually aspirin)
    (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation
    retroflection, retroflexion, retroversion
    a turning or tilting backward of an organ or body part
    condition, shape
    the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
    any abnormality following or resulting from a disease or injury or treatment
    squint, strabismus
    abnormal alignment of one or both eyes
    torticollis, wryneck
    an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
    dilatation of the veins associated with the spermatic cord in the testes
    abnormally enlarged or twisted blood vessel or lymphatic vessel
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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