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basal metabolism

noun

Definition of basal metabolism

  1. :  the turnover of energy in a fasting and resting organism using energy solely to maintain vital cellular activity, respiration, and circulation as measured by the basal metabolic rate



1913

First Known Use of basal metabolism

1913


Medical Dictionary

basal metabolism

noun

Medical Definition of basal metabolism

  1. :  the turnover of energy in a fasting and resting organism using energy solely to maintain vital cellular activity, respiration, and circulation as measured by the basal metabolic rate




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