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The study of the effects of time and rhythmical phenomena on life processes.

chron′o·bi·o·log′ic (-ə-lŏj′ĭk), chron′o·bi·o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
chron′o·bi·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
chron′o·bi·ol′o·gist n.


(ˌkrɒnəbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ; ˌkrəʊnə-)
(Biology) the branch of biology concerned with the periodicity occurring in living organisms. See also biological clock, circadian
ˌchronobiˈologist n


(ˌkrɒn oʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi)

the science or study of the effect of time, esp. rhythms, on living systems.
chron`o•bi`o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
chron`o•bi•ol′o•gist, n.
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There's a clock in the spleen," says Barbara Helm, a chronobiologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
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It wasn't until 1999 that Harvard chronobiologist Charles Czeisler advanced beyond the approximate and accurately measured the day at 24 hours and 11 minutes.
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