anabolism

noun anab·o·lism \ ə-ˈna-bə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of anabolism

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

anabolic

play \ˌa-nə-ˈbä-lik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of anabolism

International Scientific Vocabulary ana- + metabolism


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anabolism

noun anab·o·lism \ ə-ˈnab-ə-ˌliz-əm \

medical Definition of anabolism

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

anabolic

play \ˌan-ə-ˈbäl-ik\ adjective

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