basal metabolic rate

noun

Definition of basal metabolic rate 

: the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest

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Researchers have found that in some places with warming water, fish with increased basal metabolic rates can’t get enough energy to adapt and also to conduct important survival tasks, like swimming. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018 Your basal metabolic rate, or resting metabolism, is the amount of energy or calories your body needs to perform basic functions like breathing and digesting food. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "5 tips to rev up your metabolism," 30 Apr. 2018 This gave them an idea of the fish’s basal metabolic rate — that is, how much energy the animals needed to sit around and do nothing. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018 Well, in one research study of young women, basal metabolic rate spiked by 4.2 percent 16 hours following a strength-training session that lasted an hour and 40 minutes—the equivalent of burning an extra 60 calories, on average. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "How Much Does Strength Training Really Increase Metabolism?," 21 Sep. 2017

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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basal metabolic rate

noun

Medical Definition of basal metabolic rate 

: the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest

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