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metabolism

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

Medical Definition of metabolism

  1. 1a:  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, catabolismb:  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. 2:  metamorphosis 2—usually used in combination <holometabolism>





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