The science that focuses on the relations of the physiological mechanisms of an organism to its physical and biological environment.
For instance, ecophysiology attempts to identify and describe how a plant would be able to survive and adapt to a changing or unfavourable environment in which it is unable to avoid or escape from, in the context of the organism’s physiology.
Word origin: eco- » ecology + physiology » Greek physiología (science of natural causes and phenomena).
Related forms: ecophysiological (adjective), ecophysiologist (noun)
- environmental physiology