basal metabolism

noun

Definition of basal metabolism

: the turnover of energy in a fasting and resting organism using energy solely to maintain vital cellular activity, respiration, and circulation as measured by the basal metabolic rate

First Known Use of basal metabolism

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of basal metabolism was in 1912

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“Basal metabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basal%20metabolism. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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basal metabolism

noun

Medical Definition of basal metabolism

: the turnover of energy in a fasting and resting organism using energy solely to maintain vital cellular activity, respiration, and circulation as measured by the basal metabolic rate

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