catabolism


ca·tab·o·lism

noun \kə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of CATABOLISM

:  degradative metabolism involving the release of energy and resulting in the breakdown of complex materials (as proteins or lipids) within the organism — compare anabolism
cat·a·bol·ic \ˌka-tə-ˈbä-lik\ adjective
cat·a·bol·i·cal·ly \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of CATABOLISM

Greek katabolē throwing down, from kataballein to throw down, from kata- + ballein to throw — more at devil
First Known Use: 1876

ca·tab·o·lism

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CATABOLISM

: destructive metabolism involving the release of energy and resulting in the breakdown of complex materials within the organism—compare anabolism

Variants of CATABOLISM

ca·tab·o·lism also ka·tab·o·lism \kə-ˈtab-ə-ˌliz-əm\

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