Bodily Functions


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Bodily Functions

See also body, human.

the process or act of swallowing.
the shedding of the superficial epithelium, as of skin, the mucous membranes, etc.
sweating, especially when artificially induced. — diaphoretic, adj.
the contraction of the alimentary canal in a downward direction as part of peristalsis.
an abnormally heavy or increased discharge or flow of urine. — diuretic, n., adj.
1. the process of discharging waste matter from the body.
2. the matter discharged.
1. the process of belching.
2. that which is regurgitated in belching.
the natural process of eliminating bodily wastes in the feces and urine.
the bodily process of producing milk.
1. the act of tasting.
2. the sense of taste.
intussusception.
the process by which food or other matter is taken into the body and converted into tissue. Also introsusception.intussusceptive, adj.
the act or process of shedding tears; weeping.
1. the secretion of milk by a mammary gland.
2. the period during which secretion takes place.
the act or process of chewing or eating. — manducatory, adj.
urination. — micturate, v.
1. the sense of smell.
2. the act of smelling. — olfactory, olfactive, adj.
the act of yawning, as from fatigue or sleepiness.
the process by which bone tissue is broken down and absorbed by the body. See also bones.
the process of yawning and stretching.
abnormally excessive perspiration.
the process of contraction and relaxation by which products are moved through the alimentary canal. Cf. diastalsis.peristaltic, adj.
the passing of an abornomally large amount of urine. — polyuric, adj.
the breaking down or hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion. — proteolytic, adj.
the primary system or process of digestion.
1. the state or condition of containing or secreting pus.
2. the production or generation of pus or similar matter. — purulent, adj.
a burning feeling in the stomach and esophagus, sometimes accompanied by the belching of acid fluid; heartburn.
Rare. the process of secretion. — secement, n., adj.
a medicine or substance that stimulates the flow of saliva. — sialagogic, n., adj.
the act or process of salivation.
cessation in the flow of any of the bodily fluids, as the blood.
1. the act of sneezing.
2. a sneeze. — sternutative, sternutatory, adj.
the act or process of oozing or exuding or being exuded, as the process by which sweat passes through pores. — transudatory, adj.
the process of expelling fluids from the body in the urine.
the act or process of vomiting.
repeated but unsuccessful attempts to vomit; retching or slight vomiting.
References in classic literature ?
She had a genteel refinement which shuddered at the facts of life, she looked upon the bodily functions as indecent, she had all sorts of euphemisms for common objects, she always chose an elaborate word as more becoming than a simple one: the brutality of these men was like a whip on her thin white shoulders, and she shuddered with voluptuous pain.
Hitherto each individual desire, aroused by suffering or privation, such as hunger, fatigue, thirst, had been satisfied by some bodily function giving pleasure.
Stand-up comedian Millican is never shy when it comes to sharing details of her toilet habits, bodily functions and sex life.
A US outlet went as far as to say: "Olivia's bodily functions appear to be shutting down but she refuses to let go until she makes it through her daughter Chloe's wedding day."
But researchers are making great headway in discovering that microbes play an important role in a great many of our bodily functions, and numerous diseases and ailments, even if they don't yet understand exactly how and why the microbes do what they do.
"You see female bodily functions that are natural but shown in quite an unsparing way but that's the reality of what women go through" Actress Gemma Chan who appears in a new film about Mary Queen of Scots.
ISLAMABAD -- The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in humans neck, is responsible for controlling a variety of bodily functions but problems relating to it are most common in women, says a health news on Friday.
They found the recipe for amusement is partly down to the word's meaning, with sex and bodily functions two of the most amusing categories.
ISLAMABAD -- A research has found that sweet potato is abundant in essential vitamins, especially B6 which is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for the proper maintenance of red blood cell metabolism and many other bodily functions.
Unlike other aspects of language, swearing triggers a reaction in the subcortex, a more primitive part of the brain that's also responsible for emotions and bodily functions. That connection explains why polyglots generally prefer to curse in their native tongue, even if they rarely use it otherwise, and why swearing has been shown to help deaden pain.
This is an entertaining, fast-paced story, successfully aimed at reluctant readers, complete with many references to bodily functions which will no doubt appeal to young readers.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) with an objective to provide senior citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from age related disabilities/ infirmities, with such physical aids and assisted living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions. Under the Scheme, assisted living devices such as walking sticks, elbow crutches, walkers/ crutches, tripods/ quadpods, hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial dentures, spectacles are distributed to the beneficiary senior citizens.