Psych M.D. - Biological rhythms


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Term: Biological rhythms
Definition (Myers): periodic physiological fluctations
Definition (alternative): Biological rhythm is 24-hour cycle in the biochemical, physiological or behavioral processes of organisms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm
Contextual explanation: Biological rhythm is a periodic biological fluctuation of organisms that corresponds to environmental change, including cyclical variations in the relative position of the Earth to the Sun and to the Moon and in the immediate effects: day alternating with night, high tide alternating with low tide. Timing of medical treatment in coordination with the body clock may significantly increase efficacy and reduce drug toxicity or adverse reactions.
Related terms and concepts:sleep
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Related websites: http://template.bio.warwick.ac.uk/Staff/amillar/circad.html
Edited by: Keunwha



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