met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce metabolic (audio) \

Definition of metabolic

: of, relating to, or based on metabolism

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metabolically \ ˌme-​tə-​ˈbä-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metabolically (audio) \ adverb

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With the exception of orlistat, these drugs primarily perform a combination of either appetite suppression, metabolic acceleration, or both. Kimberly Garrison,, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 Studies have shown that there are a ton of benefits that come from sleeping in colder temperatures: reducing the risk of metabolic illness, less trouble sleeping, falling asleep faster. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Studies Show Sleeping in a Cold Room is Actually Better for Your Health," 19 Mar. 2019 Indeed, the researchers concluded that the red pepper’s effects seem to be both metabolic and sensory. Abby Langer, SELF, "5 Diet Tips You Should Ignore, According to a Registered Dietitian," 6 Sep. 2018 Such metabolic disorders can lead to all kinds of health problems later on, some of them life threatening. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "In the Land of the Skinny, People are Getting Fat," 27 Jan. 2018 Some antipsychotics are linked with metabolic side effects such as weight gain and increased glucose levels, which can then increase the risk for issues like neural tube defects, the review explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Another hurdle is the significant overlap in the NASH patient base with other metabolic health issues, such as diabetes. Charley Grant, WSJ, "A Big, Fatty Opportunity for Big Pharma," 18 Jan. 2019 As for the metabolic energy cost, once the virtual bridge began to shake, the simulated walkers widened their steps—a much less energy-efficient gait. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 Chief Executive Officer Gerrit Klaerner discovered the company’s only drug, a treatment for a metabolic condition linked to kidney disease. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotechs With No Drugs in Trial Are Raising Millions in IPOs," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of metabolic

1841, in the meaning defined above

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met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce metabolic (audio) \

Kids Definition of metabolic

: of or relating to metabolism metabolic activity


met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈbäl-ik How to pronounce metabolic (audio) \

Medical Definition of metabolic

1 : of, relating to, or based on metabolism
2 : vegetative sense 1a(2) used especially of a cell nucleus that is not dividing

Other Words from metabolic

metabolically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metabolically (audio) \ adverb

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