biological process


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Noun1.biological process - a process occurring in living organisms
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
adaption, adaptation, adjustment - the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
agglutination - a clumping of bacteria or red cells when held together by antibodies (agglutinins)
senescence, ageing, aging - the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age
anovulation - the absence of ovulation due to immaturity or post-maturity or pregnancy or oral contraceptive pills or dysfunction of the ovary
antisepsis, asepsis - the process of inhibiting the growth and multiplication of microorganisms
assimilation, absorption - the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
autoregulation - (physiology) processes that maintain a generally constant physiological state in a cell or organism
bacteriostasis - inhibition of the growth of bacteria
bloom, blooming - the organic process of bearing flowers; "you will stop all bloom if you let the flowers go to seed"
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
carbon cycle - the organic circulation of carbon from the atmosphere into organisms and back again
catabolism, destructive metabolism, katabolism, dissimilation - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
cell division, cellular division - the process in reproduction and growth by which a cell divides to form daughter cells
crossing over, crossover - the interchange of sections between pairing homologous chromosomes during the prophase of meiosis
defoliation - the loss of foliage
deossification - the loss of the mineral content of bone tissue
digestion - the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body
eburnation - a change that occurs in degenerative joint disease in which bone is converted into a dense smooth substance resembling ivory
ecchymosis - the escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels into the surrounding tissue to form a purple or black-and-blue spot on the skin
effacement - shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
erythropoiesis - the process of producing red blood cells by the stem cells in the bone marrow
eutrophication - excessive nutrients in a lake or other body of water, usually caused by runoff of nutrients (animal waste, fertilizers, sewage) from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life; the decomposition of the plants depletes the supply of oxygen, leading to the death of animal life; "he argued that the controlling factor in eutrophication is not nitrate but phosphate"
organic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny, evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
expression - (genetics) the process of expressing a gene
extravasation - the process of exuding or passing out of a vessel into surrounding tissues; said of blood or lymph or urine
gastrulation - the process in which a gastrula develops from a blastula by the inward migration of cells
glycogenesis - the formation in animals of glycogen from glucose
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
haematogenesis, haematopoiesis, haemogenesis, haemopoiesis, hematogenesis, hematopoiesis, hemogenesis, hemopoiesis, sanguification - the formation of blood cells in the living body (especially in the bone marrow)
heredity - the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next
humification - the process of the formation of humus from plant remains
epistasis, hypostasis - the suppression of a gene by the effect of an unrelated gene
implantation, nidation - (embryology) the organic process whereby a fertilized egg becomes implanted in the lining of the uterus of placental mammals
inhibition - (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part; "the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve"
infolding, intussusception, invagination, introversion - the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface; "the invagination of the blastula"
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"The genes are involved in the biological process through which an early embryo moves on from being a round ball of cells and becomes a growing organism with an established left and right side," first author William Brandler, a PhD student in the MRC Functional Genomics Unit at Oxford University said.
For many of the signatures, they also identified the underlying biological process responsible.
FAVORITE TARGET Evolution is the biological process by which populations of organisms acquire new, advantageous traits, pass them on to subsequent generations, and sometimes create new species.
GeneOntolegy, Biological Process. Available: http://www.geneontology.org/ ontology/process.ontology [accessed 7 November 2005].
As well, she points out goat meat is also growing in popularity, and the local co-operative has even formed a partnership with Laurentian University to supply goat manure to test a system which uses a mechanical and biological process to turn agricultural waste into compost.
What John Paul would deny to those in extremis is the power to direct a biological process in accordance with their own wishes instead of enduring needless agony and indignity at the whim of the body.
It moves plates between devices, which include those off the Biomek deck, allowing the automation of more parts of a biological process. While the liquid handler's gripper conveys plates on the workstation deck, the additional robotic transport can move plates from the deck to devices, such as incubators and plate readers, and vice versa.
By injecting a specially-imported bacterial activator (harmless to humans), the biological process is accelerated, boosting temperatures to 70 degrees C before being excavated as compost.
A new study in England suggests that the same biological process that aids recall of emotional experiences also blocks memories of what happened just before those arousing occurrences took place.
Moreover, says Chornet, in any biological process, researchers still must determine whether the input has components that will be toxic to the bacteria or limit their efficiency.
"I arrived at Penn State planning to study bioengineering, but a few weeks into freshman year I researched engineering majors and stumbled on food and biological process engineering.
"The biogas market is essentially untapped in the U.S., which presents a huge opportunity for American businesses to turn garbage into green energy using a contained, natural, biological process," said Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council.