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metabolism

noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

biology : the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food, water, etc., to grow and heal and to make energy

Full Definition of METABOLISM

1
a :  the sum of the processes in the buildup and destruction of protoplasm; specifically :  the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated
b :  the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled in the living body
c :  the sum of the metabolic activities taking place in a particular environment <the metabolism of a lake>
2
:  metamorphosis 2 —usually used in combination <holometabolism>
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Examples of METABOLISM

  1. studying the metabolisms of various organisms

Origin of METABOLISM

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek metabolē change, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throw — more at devil
First Known Use: 1878

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METABOLISM Defined for Kids

metabolism

noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of METABOLISM for Kids

:  the processes by which a living organism uses food to obtain energy and build tissue and disposes of waste material
Medical Dictionary

metabolism

noun me·tab·o·lism \mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌliz-əm\

Medical Definition of METABOLISM

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a :  the sum of the processes in the buildup and destruction of protoplasm; specifically :  the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated <methods of determining body and tissue metabolismBulletin of the University of Kentucky>—see anabolism, catabolism b :  the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled (as by assimilation and incorporation or by detoxification and excretion) in the living body <the metabolism of iodine in the thyroid>
2
:  metamorphosis 2—usually used in combination <holometabolism>

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