catabolism

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noun ca·tab·o·lism \kə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of catabolism

  1. :  degradative metabolism involving the release of energy and resulting in the breakdown of complex materials (such as proteins or lipids) within the organism — compare anabolism

catabolic

play \ˌka-tə-ˈbä-lik\ adjective

catabolically

play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of catabolism

Greek katabolē throwing down, from kataballein to throw down, from kata- + ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 1876


Medical Dictionary

catabolism

noun ca·tab·o·lism
variants: also

katabolism

\kə-ˈtab-ə-ˌliz-əm\play

Medical Definition of catabolism

  1. :  destructive metabolism involving the release of energy and resulting in the breakdown of complex materials within the organism—compare anabolism


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