met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈbä-lik \

Definition of metabolic

: of, relating to, or based on metabolism

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Other Words from metabolic

metabolically \ -​li-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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 Determining Your Caloric Intake Based on Activity Level The perfect balance of calories will complement both your metabolic rate as well as your physical activity level. Erin Palinski-wade, Rd, Cde, Ldn, Good Housekeeping, "How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?," 6 Aug. 2018 At the species level, metabolic rate isn’t the be-all, end-all of extinction — there are a lot of factors at play. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "'Survival of the laziest' is key to avoiding extinction," 22 Aug. 2018 In fact: When a recent study compared the metabolic effect of green tea (in extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that the green-tea drinkers burned about 70 additional calories in a 24-hour period. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 20 June 2018 Here, researchers looked at participants’ BMI category and fitness level (measured by a treadmill test) as well as metabolic health markers (such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 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 \

Kids Definition of metabolic

: of or relating to metabolism metabolic activity


met·​a·​bol·​ic | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈbäl-ik \

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 \ adverb

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