General Features of Rhythms: Terminology and Characteristics

Abstract

In order to best understand the characteristics of biological rhythms, like the prerequisites for most disciplines in biology, one must be familiar with the use of certain terms that are used. In the case of biological rhythms, the discipline is known as chronobiology, a term introduced in the mid-1960s to unify the study of temporal characteristics of biological phenomena (Halberg, 1969; Cambrosio & Keating, 1983). Some of the more common terms used in chronobiology to describe rhythms are presented in a glossary in Table 2.1.

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Cortisol Respiration Retina Glucocorticoid Neurol 

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