hypercatabolism

noun
hy·​per·​ca·​tab·​olism | \ ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce hypercatabolism (audio) \

Definition of hypercatabolism

: excessive metabolic breakdown of complex substances (as protein) within the body : catabolism at an increased or excessive rate

Other Words from hypercatabolism

hypercatabolic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈbä-​lik How to pronounce hypercatabolism (audio) \ adjective
a hypercatabolic state

First Known Use of hypercatabolism

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypercatabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercatabolism. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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hypercatabolism

noun
hy·​per·​ca·​tab·​o·​lism | \ ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce hypercatabolism (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypercatabolism

: excessive metabolic breakdown of organic molecules : excessive catabolic activity

Other Words from hypercatabolism

hypercatabolic \ -​ˌka-​tə-​ˈbä-​lik How to pronounce hypercatabolism (audio) \ adjective
hypercatabolic renal failure

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