bodily function

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Noun1.bodily function - an organic process that takes place in the bodybodily function - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
control - (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc; "the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired"; "he had lost control of his sphincters"
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
respiration - a single complete act of breathing in and out; "thirty respirations per minute"
breath - the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing; "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool"; "he was fighting to his last breath"
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; "they had sex in the back seat"
insemination - the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female
sleeping - the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
response, reaction - a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent; "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age"
crying, tears, weeping - the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"
ablactation - the cessation of lactation
anastalsis - muscular action of the alimentary tract in a direction opposite to peristalsis
expelling, discharge, emission - any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
expectoration - the process of coughing up and spitting out
festering, suppuration, maturation - (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
healing - the natural process by which the body repairs itself
hypostasis - the accumulation of blood in an organ
lactation - the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands
opsonisation, opsonization - process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
overactivity - excessive activity; "overactivity of the sebaceous glands causes the skin to become oily"
peristalsis, vermiculation - the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along
diaphoresis, hidrosis, sudation, sweating, perspiration - the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid; "perspiration is a homeostatic process"
phagocytosis - process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection
pinocytosis - process by which certain cells can engulf and incorporate droplets of fluid
placentation - the formation of the placenta in the uterus
psilosis - falling out of hair
tanning - process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light
transpiration - the process of giving off or exhaling water vapor through the skin or mucous membranes
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Hitherto each individual desire, aroused by suffering or privation, such as hunger, fatigue, thirst, had been satisfied by some bodily function giving pleasure.
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.
Following the accident, Harris claimed that he had suffered back injuries and a specific bodily function was impaired.
Research indicates that despite exercise, a person's daily movement is a major indicator of their bodily function, according to a study published in the March issue of AJPH.
It cancels out those days when I've been writing those bodily function jokes," he says.
This book explores all aspects of this bodily function.
Eleven American academic--including six contributors new to this edition--contribute 43 chapters to an updated medical education textbook which uses an organ system-based approach to describe all of the mechanisms that control and regulate bodily function.
Cooper's earnest, easy prose about her experience of losing some bodily function really leaves its impression on the reader.
serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death" could be legally considered torture, Bybee decreed.
Magnesium plays a role in the bodily function that regulates sleep.
All the while, cops dealing with narcotics were waiting for his bodily function to take due course, reports the Sun.
MATTER OF FACT: Deal with sex as you would any bodily function in a matter-of-fact way.