an·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce anabolic (audio) \

Definition of anabolic

: marked by or promoting metabolic activity concerned with the biosynthesis of complex molecules (such as proteins or nucleic acids) : relating to, characterized by, or stimulating anabolism anabolic agents anabolic therapy to promote bone formation If the anabolic and catabolic processes are in balance, tissue remains intact and good health is sustained. But if the rate of decay is only a little faster than the rate of repair, there is a net loss of healthy tissue …— Paul Clayton — see also anabolic steroid

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Anabolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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