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What’s the difference between anatomy and physiology?

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While human anatomy is the study of the body's structures, physiology is the study of the chemistry and physics behind how those structures work. An imaging scan like an X-ray or ultrasound can show your anatomy, but doctors use other tests, like urine and blood tests or electrocardiograms (EKGs), to reveal details about your body's physiology.

From: What Is Physiology? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Physiological Society: “What is Physiology?”

Oregon State Open Textbooks: “Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 1.1: How Structure Determines Function.”

The Physiological Society: “What is Physiology?”

University of Cambridge: “What is Physiology?”

Advances in Physiology Education : “The “core principles” of physiology: what should students understand?”

Advances in Physiology Education : “Clinical physiology: a successful academic and clinical discipline is threatened in Sweden.”

Horstmanshoff, M., et al. , BRILL, 2012. Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity to Early Modern Europe

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Physiological Society: “What is Physiology?”

Oregon State Open Textbooks: “Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 1.1: How Structure Determines Function.”

The Physiological Society: “What is Physiology?”

University of Cambridge: “What is Physiology?”

Advances in Physiology Education : “The “core principles” of physiology: what should students understand?”

Advances in Physiology Education : “Clinical physiology: a successful academic and clinical discipline is threatened in Sweden.”

Horstmanshoff, M., et al. , BRILL, 2012. Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity to Early Modern Europe

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 11, 2019

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