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biological process

n. a process occurring in living organisms [syn: organic process]

Biological process

Biological processes are the processes vital for a living organism to live. Biological processes are made up of many chemical reactions or other events that result in chemical transformation. Metabolism and homeostasis are examples.

Regulation of biological processes occurs when any process is modulated in its frequency, rate or extent. Biological processes are regulated by many means; examples include the control of gene expression, protein modification or interaction with a protein or substrate molecule.

  • Physiological process, those processes specifically pertinent to the functioning of integrated living units: cells, tissues, organs, limbs, and organisms.
  • Reproduction
  • Digestion
  • Response to stimulus: a change in state or activity of a cell or an organism (in terms of movement, secretion, enzyme production, gene expression, etc.) as a result of a stimulus.
  • Interaction between organisms. the processes by which an organism has an observable effect on another organism of the same or different species.
  • Also: cell growth, cellular differentiation, fermentation, fertilisation, germination, tropism, hybridisation, metamorphosis, morphogenesis, photosynthesis, transpiration.

Usage examples of "biological process".

It is far more likely that methane is produced by a biological process.

It would mean that the sequential shutdowns of age and death are just part of the normal biological process, like the genetic programming that shuts down various stages of embryonic development when the time comes.

But Seth was certainly born to Adam by a biological process - the fertilization of a female egg by the male sperm of Adam, and the ensuing conception, pregnancy, and birth.

A mammalian cell had a DNA complement of several billion base pairs, each acting as a piece of information What was reproduction, after all, but a computerized biological process of enormous complexity and reliability?

Nor was the source of his wealth known, only that he had set up CE, Limited, with a unique biological process, one that allowed production of a cheap nonpolluting organic thread substitute for standard synthetic hydrocarbons and silicons.

Anatomy and biological process aside, creating life is a miracle, and should stay that way.

Anything beyond that simple biological process exceeded Hakimit's capabilities.

Instead, there appears to be simply a lowering of the efficiency of virtually every biological process at every level.

If the oxygen is there, it must be a biological process that produces it.

Even the most common creature can generate the biological process that is reproduction.

Olive believes that arrest and trial should be a socio-biological process activated by mutual concern and respect for the general well-being of the human village, rather like eaeting health foods and wearing shoes that are higher at the front than they are at the back.