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

Examples of metabolic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s good reason to think that’s possible; our wee residents seem to dabble quite a bit in our well-being, influencing metabolic disorders, inflammation, hormone cycling, and our defenses against invading germs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New York Times falls for “obesity probiotic” hype," 5 July 2019 Creating smart probiotics could not only improve the performance of next generation athletes but also improve the health of patients with certain metabolic disorders or diseases, such as diabetes, the researchers believe. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Could the poo of elite athletes provide an ingredient to improve physical performance?," 25 June 2019 The organoid cells expressed genetic markers of metabolic stress, but this expression was reduced when the cells were grafted into a mouse brain. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Lab-grown ‘minibrains’ differ from the real thing in cell subtypes, gene expression," 29 Jan. 2020 The latest research even suggests that lactate — a metabolic byproduct of exercise — has positive effects on mental health. Washington Post, "Here’s how exercise reduces anxiety and makes you feel more connected," 21 Jan. 2020 People on keto eat low-carbohydrate and high-fat diets, which causes the body to go into ketosis, a metabolic state that pushes the body to burn fat instead of carbs. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Before and after photos: Austin man drops more than 200 pounds in vow to get healthy," 9 Jan. 2020 For consumers trying to choose the healthiest option, Dr. Hu said studies comparing the metabolic effects of eating beef burgers versus plant burgers are currently underway. New York Times, "Fake Meat vs. Real Meat," 3 Dec. 2019 Nutrition is complex but there is little evidence our country’s worsening metabolic ills are the fault of protein or fat. Dean Ornish, Scientific American, "Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response," 15 Nov. 2019 Some research has found that extra water consumption can also increase your resting metabolic rate. Washington Post, "Can you really change your metabolism?," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of metabolic

1841, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2020

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“Metabolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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