anabolic

adjective an·a·bol·ic \ ˌa-nə-ˈbä-lik \

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

First Known Use of anabolic

1876

in the meaning defined above

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