What is Physiology? - Definition & History


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What is physiology the study of?

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1. Who first described the supportive fluids bathing cells and tissues as a milieu interieur (environment inside)?

2. What is the point of a model system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A basic knowledge of physiology may come in handy during your lifetime. So take this quiz, in conjunction with completion of the worksheet, to assess how much you know about the history and study of physiology. The questions in the quiz will ask you to define key terms and identify important people and civilizations that studied physiology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet offer you the opportunity to test your knowledge of the:

  • Elementary component of an organism
  • Ancient civilization that influenced European scientists interested in physiology
  • Definition of physiology
  • Scientist who coined the phrase milieu interieur
  • Purpose of a model system

Skills Practiced

Complete the quiz and worksheet to maximize your ability to properly engage these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the study and history of physiology from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - confirm that you can accurately define main phrases, such as physiology and model system
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the makeup of organisms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the scientist who named the supportive fluids inside cells

Additional Learning

To learn more, please take a look at the accompanying lesson called What is Physiology? - Definition & History. You will cover these important learning objectives while reviewing the lesson:

  • Define organ and organ systems
  • Understand the organization of bodily tissues
  • Define cell theory
  • Learn about written records kept by ancient civilizations that describe the body and disease
  • Define homeostasis and the scientist who discovered it
  • Know how reduced preparations are used to study organisms