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reductionism
the attempt to explain all biological processes by the same explanations (as by physical laws) that chemists and physicists use to interpret inanimate matter
transfixed
to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon
endocrine
of or relating to endocrine glands or the horomones secreted by them
limbic
of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain
ethologist
the scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment
receptor
a specialized cell or group of nerve endings that responds to sensory stimuli
exultation
the act or condition of rejoicing greatly
endowed
to equip or supply with a talent or quality
autonomic
acting or ocurring involuntarily
debasement
to lower in character, quality, or value; degrade
altruism
instinctive cooperative behavior that is detrimental to the individual but contributes to the survival of the pecies
aggregating
to collect or gather into a mass or whole
ionic
of, relating to, existing as, or characterized by ions
ruminating
to reflect on over and over again
neurons
a grayish or reddish granular cell with specialized processes that is the fundamental functional unit of nervous tissue
ganglion
a group of nerve cells forming a nerve center, especially one located outside the brain or spinal cord
quorum
a select group
symmetrical
of or exhibiting symmetry
crystalline
being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals
pheromones
a chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behavior or development of others of the same species, often functioning as an attractant of the opposite sex
mitosis
the entire process of cell division of the nucleus and the cytoplasm
genome
one haploid set of chromosomes with the genes they contain; broadly: the genetic material of an organism
stellate
arranged or shaped like a star; radiating from a center
conjoined
to join or become joined together; unite