anabolism

noun
anab·​o·​lism | \ ə-ˈna-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce anabolism (audio) \

Definition of anabolism

: the constructive part of metabolism concerned especially with macromolecular synthesis — compare catabolism

Examples of anabolism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regardless of an organism’s energy source, its metabolism is a balance of catabolism, breaking energy down into usable units, and anabolism, using those units for vital building projects such as bone growth. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Metabolism," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of anabolism

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anabolism

International Scientific Vocabulary ana- + metabolism

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The first known use of anabolism was in 1886

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“Anabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anabolism. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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anabolism

noun
anab·​o·​lism | \ ə-ˈnab-ə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce anabolism (audio) \

Medical Definition of anabolism

: the constructive part of metabolism concerned especially with macromolecular synthesis — compare catabolism

Other Words from anabolism

anabolic \ ˌan-​ə-​ˈbäl-​ik How to pronounce anabolism (audio) \ adjective

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