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|Noun||1.||bodily 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
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