function (biological)

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  • function, biological — In biology, the function of a feature of an organism is frequently defined as that role it plays which has been responsible for its genetic success and evolution. Thus although the brain weighs down the shoulders, this is not its function, for… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Biological psychiatry — Biological psychiatry, or biopsychiatry is an approach to psychiatry that aims to understand mental disorder in terms of the biological function of the nervous system. It is interdisciplinary in its approach and draws on sciences such as… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological integrity — is associated with how “pristine” an environment is and its function relative to the potential or original state of an ecosystem before human alterations were imposed. Biological integrity is built on the assumption that a decline in the values… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological immortality — refers to a stable rate of mortality as a function of chronological age. Some individual cells and entire organisms in some species achieve this state either throughout their existence or after living long enough. This requires that death occur… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological value — (BV) is a measure of the proportion of absorbed protein from a food which becomes incorporated into the proteins of the organism s body. It summarises how readily the broken down protein can be used in protein synthesis in the cells of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological database — Biological databases are libraries of life sciences information, collected from scientific experiments, published literature, high throughput experiment technology, and computational analyses. They contain information from research areas… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological constraints — are factors which make populations resistant to evolutionary change. Constraint has played an important role in the development of such ideas as homology and body plans. Types of constraintConstraint, broadly considered, is so general as to be an …   Wikipedia

  • Biological thermodynamics — is a phrase that is sometimes used to refer to bioenergetics, the study of energy transformation in the biological sciences. Biological thermodynamics may be defined as the quantitative study of the energy transductions that occur in and between… …   Wikipedia

  • Biological interaction — Biological interactions are the effects organisms in a community have on one another. In the natural world no organism exists in absolute isolation, and thus every organism must interact with the environment and other organisms. An organism s… …   Wikipedia

  • function — n 1 Function, office, duty, province are comparable when they mean the act, acts, activities, or operations expected of a person or thing by virtue of his or its nature, structure, status, or position. Function is the most comprehensive of these… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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