hypermetabolism

noun

hy·​per·​me·​tab·​o·​lism ˌhī-pər-mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce hypermetabolism (audio)
: metabolism at an increased or excessive rate
The drugs inhibit the function of hormones such as epinephrine and other so-called catecholamines, already known to play a major role in posttraumatic hypermetabolism.B. Harder
hypermetabolic adjective
hypermetabolic activity in the enlarged lymph nodes
a hypermetabolic mass

Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypermetabolism was in 1897

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“Hypermetabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermetabolism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

hypermetabolism

noun
hy·​per·​me·​tab·​o·​lism -mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce hypermetabolism (audio)
: metabolism at an increased or excessive rate
hypermetabolic adjective
hypermetabolic states
a hypermetabolic mass
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