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circadian rhythm

n.
A daily rhythmic activity cycle, based on 24-hour intervals, that is exhibited by many organisms.

cir·ca·di·an rhythm

(sər-kā′dē-ən)
A daily cycle of biological activity based on a 24-hour period and influenced by regular variations in the environment, such as the alternation of night and day.
Did You Know? Why do you sometimes wake up on time even if your alarm clock doesn't ring? How do nocturnal animals know when it is time to wake up? It's because you—and most other animals—have a kind of internal clock that controls the cycle of the day's biological activities, such as sleeping and waking. These daily biological activities are known as circadian rhythms because they are influenced by the regular intervals of light and dark in each 24-hour day. While the process underlying circadian rhythm is not completely understood, it is mainly controlled by the release of hormones. The brain regulates the amount of hormone released in response to the information it gets from light-sensitive cells in the eye, called photoreceptors. Circadian rhythms can be disrupted by changes in this daily schedule. For example, biologists have observed that birds exposed to artificial light for a long time sometimes build nests in the fall instead of the spring. In humans who travel long distances by air, the local time of day no longer matches the body's internal clock, causing a condition known as jet lag.

circadian rhythm

The regular recurrence of life activities in 24-hour cycles.
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Noun1.circadian rhythm - a daily cycle of activity observed in many living organisms
biological time - the time of various biological processes
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cir·ca·di·an rhythm

n. ritmo circadiano, ref. a variaciones rítmicas biológicas en un ciclo de 24 horas.
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The expression of core clock genes is altered in mice lacking the Chrono gene, and the mice have longer circadian cycles," explained Akihiro Goriki from RIKEN research institute in Japan.
Panda added: "Our study represents a seminal shift in how we think about circadian cycles.
He says that what prompted his search was a series of animal experiments by others that had shown that blind rodents lacking functional rods and cones still maintain their 24-hour, light-synchronized circadian cycles.
These kids' circadian cycles are already hammered by their biology.