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    Question Functional

    Hi,

    I'd like to ask about a particular meaning of the word "functional", one in which it means "designed for or adapted to a particular function or use" []functional] - definition of functional] by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.. It is used for example for "functional biology". Nonetheless, it seems to have the very similar meaning to "applied", like in "applied biology", though "applied" is rarer used for biology; often it is used for example for "mathematics" (in which "functional" might be ambiguous). Am I right, or maybe there is an important difference in the meaning of these two words?

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    Default Re: Functional

    Functions as in operations. See functional architecture

    Applied means practical uses: Applied biology focuses on the practical uses of biological knowledge and understanding.

    Function can also mean 'use' as in the word tree functions/is used as a noun here the tree is green.

    Try a better dictionary:
    functional - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Default Re: Functional

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Functions as in operations. See functional architecture

    Applied means practical uses: Applied biology focuses on the practical uses of biological knowledge and understanding.

    Function can also mean 'use' as in the word tree functions/is used as a noun here the tree is green.

    Try a better dictionary:
    functional - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Thanks, Soup. So what does actually "functional biology" mean?

    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Functional

    The study of how the mechanical-physiological and behavioral aspects of features of organisms operate.


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