bodily process


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Noun1.bodily process - an organic process that takes place in the bodybodily process - 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 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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Every bodily process, every living cell, depends on water to function properly.
Many women, even those with all those benefits, won't feel comfortable to seek the health care they need for period pain if they are embarrassed about a bodily process that is rarely openly talked about.
Autophagy is a normal bodily process that deals with the destruction of cells.
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The deluge of warnings about inflammation claims indicates an all-out FDA effort to define "inflammation"--a bodily process and not a specific diagnosis--as a disease state, and to prohibit supplement companies from stating that their products can modify or "balance" inflammatory responses.
The title of Lee's later work, The Handling of Words, figures the capacity to manipulate language as a bodily process located primarily in the hand that writes, the mouth that speaks, and the eye that reads.
GPCRs help control practically every bodily process, including cell growth, hormone secretion and light perception.
Young girls have their work cut out for them as it is in our culture; they shouldn't have to battle a barrage of negative and misleading messages about a natural bodily process on top of the other challenges they face.
Although this bodily process speeds wound healing and corrals microbes, it can also do plenty of harm, as seen in people with arthritis, asthma, and a host of other ailments.
It is also a good source of vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C that are important in certain bodily processes.
Insufficient levels of sleep and circadian misalignment can disrupt many bodily processes putting us at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes," said one of the researchers, Professor Debra Skene.