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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
me•tab•o•lism /məˈtæbəˌlɪzəm/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Physiologythe physical and chemical processes in a living body by which it is produced and maintained: [uncountable]studying the metabolism of dolphins.[countable]He has a very active metabolism.
(mə tab′ə liz′əm), n.
- Physiology[Biol., Physiol.]the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available. Cf.anabolism, catabolism.
- any basic process of organic functioning or operating:changes in the country's economic metabolism.
- Greek metabol(é̄) change (meta- meta- + bolé̄ a throw) + -ism
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
metabolism /mɪˈtæbəˌlɪzəm/ n
Etymology: 19th Century: from Greek metabolē change, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throwmetabolic /ˌmɛtəˈbɒlɪk/ adj ˌmetaˈbolically adv
- the sum total of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, elimination of waste material, etc
- the sum total of the chemical processes affecting a particular substance in the body: carbohydrate metabolism, iodine metabolism
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