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Pronunciation: bī′ō-grav′iks

Definition: That field of study dealing with the effect on living organisms (particularly humans) of abnormal gravitational effects produced, by acceleration or by free fall; in the former case, heavier than normal weight is induced, and in the latter weightlessness.

[bio- + L. gravis, weight]

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